July 22, 2013

The Priince of Pinot (aka Rusty Gaffney) reviews the 2010 lineup of Waits-Mast Pinot Noir. Highlights include:

2010 Waits-Mast Londer Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of warm berry tart, spice and forest floor. Relatively full-bodied, with plenty of sappy blackberry and black cherry flavor carrying over to an intense, fruit-driven finish. Very clean and classy fruit balanced with ripe tannins and appealing acidity. 92.

2010 Waits-Mast Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino County Pinot Noir
Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of earth-kissed dark berries with a complement of oak. Intensely fruity and I mean intense. Full-bodied flavors of black plum, black currant, boysenberry, black raspberry and brewed tea. A good cut of acidity lifts the fruit and the tannins are balanced. Admirable smoothness on the palate. A typical wine for this clone and vineyard. 90.

2010 Waits-Mast Wentzel Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Shy aromas of black fruits and oak. A full-bodied, concentrated blast of blackberry and cassis flavors hit the mid palate and carry over to the modestly long finish. This is a big wine that is somewhat rugged and shoulders plenty of dry tannin. Should benefit from time in the cellar to allow the aromas to arrive and the tannins to integrate. 89.