A Glimpse at Mariah Vineyard As Harvest 2018 Approaches

 
 
 Pinot noir grapes at Mariah Vineyards on September 10, 2018. Photo: J. Waits/Waits-Mast Family Cellars

Pinot noir grapes at Mariah Vineyards on September 10, 2018. Photo: J. Waits/Waits-Mast Family Cellars

It’s looking like our first harvest of 2018 will be from Mariah Vineyards in Mendocino Ridge. On our September 10 visit to the vineyard, the pinot noir fruit was tasting delicious and sugar levels were on track for a pick within the week.

Recently certified as a sustainable vineyard, the fruit that we purchase from Mariah is dry farmed. On a site surrounded by Douglas Fir trees, the 2400 foot high mountain-top vineyard is the highest elevation vineyard that we source fruit from.

Waits-Mast has been making pinot noir from Mariah Vineyards since 2012 and we crafted two vintages of sauvignon blanc from the site in 2016 and 2017.

 Pinot Noir at Mariah Vineyards on September 10, 2018. Photo: J. Waits/Waits-Mast Family Cellars

Pinot Noir at Mariah Vineyards on September 10, 2018. Photo: J. Waits/Waits-Mast Family Cellars