WINE & SPIRITS’ YEAR’S BEST PINOT NOIR 2017

April 01, 2017


Every April, Wine & Spirits Magazine culls from its reviews across the year and ranks its top Pinot Noir wines from North America. Out of 1,300+ Pinot Noirs reviewed, only 175 or so make the final cut and our 2014 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Deer Meadows Vineyard, Anderson Valley was included in this ranking with a rating of 91 points. Here are the accompanying tasting notes from the review:

"Brian Mast and Jennifer Waits  first sourced fruit from this hillside vineyard in 2009; planted at 1,600 feet of elevation on a southeast-facing slope above Boonville, it often makes their most energetic Pinot Noir. This feels like a hillside wine, with a  firm, sandstone grip that brings to mind Sonoma Coast wines from further south. It’s a bit chewy, but clean and high toned, with a hint of warmth from alcohol spicing up its aromas of orange zest and rose petals. Give it a few years in the cellar to allow its tannins to integrate. (Reviewed by Luke Sykora.)"

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