2015 WAITS-MAST - Pinot Noir
The Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Mendocino County is a select blend of different barrels from our vineyard-designate wines. The wine is blend of Pinot Noir from two different vineyards – Mariah Vineyard in Mendocino Ridge and Oppenlander Vineyard in Comptche (Mendocino County). The Mendocino Ridge site sees more sun because it is above the fog line and the Comptche site ripens later since it is more within the fog belt, at lower elevation and about 8 miles from the coast.
Exhibiting the reds fruits of Oppenlander, the nose is highlighted with ripe cherry and cola nut, while earthier notes of sweet marjoram, dried leaves, and flint clearly come from the Mariah mountain fruit. Medium weight in the mouth and with bright acidity, this wine is full enough to stand up to grilled vegetables or a simple pasta with fresh tomato sauce, yet is delicious just to sip and savor. Drink now or over the next 3-5 years.