2015 WAITS-MAST - Pinot Noir
Wentzel Vineyard, Anderson Valley
At a roughly 900 foot elevation near Philo, Roland and Barbara Wentzel’s 10-acre vineyard is organically farmed within an expansive 300+ acre forested property. We have been working with this incredible site since the 2007 vintage, and our first single-vineyard Pinot Noir released commercially was from Wentzel, earning Waits-Mast a spot in the San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines in 2009.
The particular plot of land that we get our fruit from is called “the clos,” as it is a fenced-in block situated up the hill. The block, made up of Dijon clones, has north-south rows with a north-west orientation, terraced up a steep hillside, so the grapes benefit from the long afternoon sunlight, tempered by cool offshore breezes. In 2015, we also sourced fruit from nearby blocks, including the Lookout block and down the hill at the Riverblock.
Tasting notes: The 2105 vintage was a low-yielding vintage that result in concentrated flavors. Bright ruby in the glass, the nose on the 2015 Wentzel is packed with pure red fruit aromas and a hint of Pennyroyal – a mint that grows wild across Anderson Valley. On the palate, the bright acidity is balanced by a medium weight and flavors of bing cherry, cola nut, and a hint of vanilla bean. The red fruit flavors carry through the lengthy finish, a hallmark of Wentzel Pinot Noir.