PinotFile Reviews of 2012 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir

March 16, 2015


Rusty Gaffney, aka the Prince of Pinot, reviews our 2012 lineup of Anderson Valley and Mendocino Pinot Noir. Highlights include:

2012 Nash Mill Vineyard, Anderson Valley: Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Like a walk in the forest, this wine smells of conifer and earthy spices. An intriguing palate featuring flavors of black cherry, baking spice, and mocha. Tricked out with a velvety mouthfeel and firm structural bones. Highly unique and interesting, and difficult to describe, but I really like it. Even better later the same day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Serious goodness. Score: 93

2012 Deer Meadows Vineyard, Anderson Valley: Soaring scents of black cherries, rose petals and spice. Delicious mid to full bodied flavors of dark cherries, dark berries and plums with a riff of Asian 5-spice. The mouthfeel is velvety, the tannins are well proportioned, the oak is beautifully integrated, and the finish has impressive depth and length. Score: 94

2012 Oppenlander Vineyard, Mendocino County: the mid weight black cherry and black raspberry flavors have a ripe but not over ripe profile. Highly enjoyable with a touch of oak seasoning and a subtle earthy, feral note typical of this vineyard. Nicely balanced tannins and some finishing intensity. Great potential here but will require some patience. Score: 90-91

2012 Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge: interesting aromas of cherry, sous-bois, iron and a hint of smoky oak. Light in weight with good finesse, offering flavors of cherry, boysenberry and spice. Nicely composed with good oak integration and echoes of cherry on the modest finish. Score: 89

2012 Wentzel Vineyard, Anderson Valley: Shy aromas of cherry and raspberry replicated in the flavors. Laden with blueberry, raspberry and spice, framed by good acid tension, but tight and unexpressive. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was still closed with tannins somewhat more prominent than fruit. Cellar this one for a year or two. Score: 88-89