Wine Enthusiast, November 2015

November 01, 2015

In the November issue of Wine Enthusiast, all five of our 2012 Pinot Noir wines were reviewed and received ratings of 91 points or higher. Below is a full listing of the wines, ratings and tasting notes from that issue:

95 Points. Waits-Mast 2012 Deer Meadows Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): This full-bodied wine has a treasure trove of flavor complexity and great balance. The color is a deep red with an auburn rim. Aromas present a fascinating medley of cherry, black tea, rhubarb and pine forest, while the flavors weave together ripe Bing cherry, crisp raspberry and subtle Asian spices. It’s delicious, and best to drink after 2017.

94 Points, Cellar Selection. Waits-Mast 2012 Mariah Vineyard Pinot Noir (Mendocino Ridge): A deep color and an aroma of extreme freshness are the first things to notice, then intense flavors of tart cherry and rhubarb kick in on the palate. This wine is light to medium bodied, and the texture is lively, with lip-smacking acidity and tannin. Best after 2017.

94 Points, Cellar Selection. Waits-Mast 2012 Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir (Mendocino County): Great balance, snappy acidity and concentrated fruit flavors make this grand wine especially appealing. The aromas of blackberry and red cherry are vibrant, the juicy, mouthwatering cherry flavors are dazzling and the finish lingers. It is balanced for good aging, so drink it from 2017–2020.

93 Points, Editor's Choice. Waits-Mast 2012 Nash Mill Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): A distinctive personality shines through in the almost floral and lightly spicy aromas, the vivid and generous cherry-tart flavors and the ever-so-supple texture of this full-bodied wine. While it has firm acidity and tannins, this is a posh, luxurious beverage in which to indulge.

91 Points. Waits-Mast 2012 Wentzel Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley): Subtle, spicy oak influences mingle beautifully with tasty Bing cherry and persimmon flavors in this medium to full bodied wine that has a silky texture, crisp balance and fine-grained tannins. Good balance and interesting complexity propel it more than fruit intensity.