Several Waits-Mast wines are reviewed in Wine Enthusiast's November 2018 issue, so we’re excited to share the ratings and tasting notes from editor Jim Gordon before the issue hits the stands next month.
Three out of the four Waits-Mast wines reviewed received scores of 90 points or higher. Below are scores and tasting notes for all four wines from editor Jim Gordon. Many of these wines are in smaller quantities, partially because 2015 was a low-yielding vintage for Pinot Noir.
2015 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Deer Meadows Vineyard, Anderson Valley
"Aromas that are slightly earthy at first become spicy, complex and fruity and lead to good red-cherry and rhubarb flavors in this medium-bodied elegant wine. Moderate tannins and good acidity balance it out well. 92 points."
2015 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Mendocino County
"A generous dash of oak spice joins rich black-plum and black-cherry flavors in this extravagant wine. Aromas of baking spices, pencil shavings and cedar are followed by warm fruit flavors and a soothing silky texture and a lingering finish. 91 points."
2015 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Nash Mill Vineyard, Anderson Valley
"This is a mellow, soft and gentle wine that offers ripe strawberry and cherry flavors, subtle brown sugar and vanilla accents and a smooth, mouth-filling texture. It seems to lack some of the stuffing of recent vintages but still gives lots of pleasure. 90 points."
2017 Waits-Mast Sauvignon Blanc, Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge
"A bright gold color and assertive oak aromas and flavors make this an unusual example of the variety, but it is appealing nonetheless. The aroma is quite buttery and the flavors resemble toasted almonds and grilled pears while the body is full and viscous. 88 points."
Winemaker note on Waits-Mast Sauvignon Blanc: wine was fermented and aged in 100% stainless steel.