14 of the Anderson Valley's Most Delicious Wines
Food & Wine - June 2018
Our 2017 Waits-Mast Rosé of Pinot Noir, Mendocino County was one of 14 Pinot Noir wines included in Food & Wine magazine’s “14 of The Anderson Valley's Most Delicious Wines”
Yes, they use saignée method, blending bled-off juice from various vineyards’ pinot production. But winemaking couple Jennifer Waits and Brian Mast still make a darned tasty rosé. Pale-hued and mineral, with a lovely sour cherry flavor, this is a spot-on summertime sip.
John Winthrop Haeger on Waits-Mast Pinot Noir
Oenosite.com - Feb 16, 2018
John Winthrop Haeger's book 2004 North American Pinot Noir was an inspiration and influence to us in our early days of dreaming about making Pinot Noir. So it was an honor and pleasure to host a visit from Haeger at our winery a couple of weeks ago. He dug deep into our story and asked great questions as he tasted through different vintages of our Pinot Noir. He followed up the visit with a blog post about the travails, success and promise of our winery, along with tasting notes on the different wines.
Below is an excerpt that captures just a sliver of our story:
"Waits-Mast is an interesting case study among tiny boutique brands. Like most of the genre, it is minimally capitalized, propelled primarily by passion and hard work, dependent on a host of third parties, and managed in fragile symbioses with important personal realities like family and day-jobs. But it also seems unlike most in several key ways. First it has survived, and garnered recognition. Good luck deserves part of the credit for this, but so does the principals’ seriousness. They have been patient with a gently sloped learning curve. (“Wine is a business you don’t get very good at very fast,” the late Jack Davies of Schramsberg told me years ago.) Second, it has been impressively faithful to Wait’s and Mast’s personal tastes. From the beginning they have known quite clearly what kind and shape of pinots they liked; in conversations with prospective winemakers before their first wines were made, they were able to illustrate their stylistic preferences with examples. Mary Elke’s pinots from Donnelly Creek Vineyard were an early inspiration as were some bottlings of Londer. It may also have helped that Waits and Mast came to pinot without either inspiration or baggage from Burgundy, saving themselves and their winemakers from tilting at windmills. Finally, Waits and Mast still seem to like their day jobs. Even as they can imagine turning to wine as their principal business some day, they are content to learn, and grow, patiently."
Wine & Spirits' Year's Best Pinot Noir 2017
Wine & Spirits - April 01, 2017
Every April, Wine & Spirits Magazine culls from its reviews across the year and ranks its top Pinot Noir wines from North America. Out of 1,300+ Pinot Noirs reviewed, only 175 or so make the final cut and our 2014 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Deer Meadows Vineyard, Anderson Valley was included in this ranking with a rating of 91 points. Here are the accompanying tasting notes from the review:
"Brian Mast and Jennifer Waits first sourced fruit from this hillside vineyard in 2009; planted at 1,600 feet of elevation on a southeast-facing slope above Boonville, it often makes their most energetic Pinot Noir. This feels like a hillside wine, with a firm, sandstone grip that brings to mind Sonoma Coast wines from further south. It’s a bit chewy, but clean and high toned, with a hint of warmth from alcohol spicing up its aromas of orange zest and rose petals. Give it a few years in the cellar to allow its tannins to integrate. (Reviewed by Luke Sykora.)"
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Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections 2015
Wine Enthusiast - Dec 01, 2015
We're excited to announce to that our 2012 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir from Deer Meadows Vineyard was ranked #34 in Wine Enthusiast Magazine's new Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2015. The magazine culls from a long list of wines across countries, regions, varietals and producers the best age-worthy wines reviewed this year. These are wines of structure and finesse, destined to gain complexity over time. We're proud to be one of just a handful of domestic Pinot Noir producers included and one of two Anderson Valley wines represented.
We can tell you from experience that our now sold-out 2009 Deer Meadows Pinot Noir developed even more nuanced and exotic aromatics and flavors over time. Read the review of our 2012 wine from Wine Enthusiast's December 2015 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.
San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Wines of 2014
San Francisco Chronicle - Dec. 05, 2014
Our 2012 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir from Deer Meadows Vineyard in Anderson Valley was one of 23 Pinot Noir wines included the San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Wines of 2014.
2012 Waits-Mast Deer Meadows Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($55, 14%): This vineyard above Boonville has turned out some epic wines, and this collectible effort from Jennifer Waits and Brian Mast is no exception. The lineage of Rich Savoy’s site speaks from the glass: rich with black cherry and boysenberry; heady with allspice, bark and damp leaves; intensified by a profound, dark minerality.