Wine Enthusiast, December, 2011

December 15, 2011

Steve Heimoff and Virginie Boone of the Wine Enthusiast review our 2009 Pinot Noirs, with high ratings for each of the five different single-vineyard wines we crafted in that vintage:

92 points: 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills: "The tannins are rich and complex, the finish is dry and spicy, and the overall impression is of wine with a great pedigree."

90 points: 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Amber Ridge Vineyard, Russian River Valley: “Classic coastal California Pinot, dry, silky and complex. So easy to like, gliding across the palate with raspberry, cherry, Canadian bacon and smoky sandalwood flavors that are filled with umami richness."

90 points: 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Hayley Vineyard, Anderson Valley: “Delivers plenty of rich Pinot flavor from the great Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. Raspberries, cherries, pomegranates, Dr. Pepper cola, spices and sandalwood flood the mouth, wrapped into a silky texture."

90 points: 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Deer Meadows Vineyard, Anderson Valley: “raspberries, cherries, vanilla, cinnamon spice and sandalwood wash over the palate, just delicious.”

89 points: 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Oppenlander Vineyard, Mendocino County: "This Waits-Mast Pinot shows a deftness with cool-climate fruit, for this is definitely a bright, classic, more restrained version of California Pinot. The wine has a delightful, deep red cherry note enveloping it and all the earthy mushroom one comes to expect from Mendocino."