November 01, 2016

The November 2016 issue of Wine Enthusiast includes reviews of our 2013 vintage of Pinot Noir. Below are scores and tasting notes from editor Jim Gordon:

94 points, Editor's Choice: 2013 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Deer Meadows Vineyard, Anderson Valley: Intricate aromas like dried leaves, dried cherries and cloves lead to clearly defined fruit flavors layered with cinnamon and cedar notes in this distinctive wine. The texture is gentle, the body not too full, and the mouthfeel is generous and soothing. (90 cases left)

93 points: 2013 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Oppenlander Vineyard, Mendocino County: Bold, ripe fruit flavors and full body give oomph to this cherry-scented, plum-flavored wine. It tastes high on the ripeness scale, and plays its fruit chords firmly, yet it also has nice concentration and a sense of layering that are pleasures to ponder. (100 cases left)

93 points: 2013 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Nash Mill Vineyard, Anderson Valley: A smoky tinge to the garnet color and savory, forest-floor aromas give a slightly earthy character to this deceptively full-bodied, fascinating wine. The flavors kick in vivid rhubarb, raspberry and pomegranate notes, while firm tannins, brisk acidity and a nice, dry mouthfeel add good structure. (2 cases left!)

92 points: 2013 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge: A light garnet color and layers of classic aromas like tea, rhubarb, cherry and a nice walk-in-the-pines element segue to gentle cherry, raspberry and black tea in this medium-bodied, elegant wine. It's also classic in the sense that complexity and drinkability rule over sheer power. (30 cases left)

90 points: 2013 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Wentzel Vineyard, Anderson Valley: This wine is smooth, delicious and almost soft in texture. Mild aromas and flavors like cinnamon, red cherry and peach are very attractive, with just enough light tannins and mild acidity to back them up. (30 cases left)

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