WINE ENTHUSIAST, OCTOBER 2017

October 02, 2017


The October 2017 issue of Wine Enthusiast includes reviews and ratings of all five of our 2014 single-vineyard Pinot Noir from Mendocino. Three of the wines were rated 93 points and two of them received Editor's Choice ranking. Read the reviews online and below:

93 Points, Editors' Choice: Waits-Mast 2014 Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir (Mendocino County). Coming from a singular vineyard along the Mendocino coast, this wine has smoky savory flavors that complement the just-ripe fruit flavors and give a truly maverick but easy-to-enjoy personality. It is medium bodied, velvet textured, and has good structure, fine-grained tannins and enough concentration for a lingering finish. 

93 Points: Waits-Mast 2014 Wentzel Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley). This distinctive wine has a light-garnet color and intriguing raspberry and cranberry aromas that lead to full red- and black-cherry flavors accented by rosemary and wood smoke. Fermented by native yeast and using some whole clusters for the astringency and flavor that stems can add, it has a texture that's moderately tannic and nicely supported by acidity. 

93 Points, Editors' Choice: Waits-Mast 2014 Nash Mill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley). Warm spicy wintertime scents like cinnamon, clove and nutmeg meet baked fruit flavors and a broad soothing texture in this full-bodied wine. The color has an amber tint at the rim, the texture is absolutely mouth-filling but gentle, and the finish lingers nicely. The husband and wife winemaking duo let native yeast ferment the wine, and then aged it in 33% new French barrels from Remond.  SOLD OUT

92 Points: Waits-Mast 2014 Deer Meadows Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley). The color is on the light side and the appearance is slightly cloudy but that takes nothing away from the interesting flavors of plum, black tea and mint leaves that come with a mild texture, a light body, some good acidity and a sense of reserve in this native-yeast-fermented wine from a consistently excellent winemaking couple. 

91 Points: Waits-Mast 2014 Mariah Vineyard Pinot Noir (Mendocino Ridge). This medium-bodied wine has a relatively light-garnet color and a touch of cloudiness that is accompanied by complex and attractive aromas blending cinnamon, clove, rhubarb and light wood smoke. These layered nuances flow into the flavors and fill the mouth with blackcherry and sour-cherry notes that are ripe but not too ripe, so the wine has fine balance. 

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