Mendocino Pinot Noir, 2015

Produced by Waits-Mast Family Cellars

Oppenlander sees consistently cool temperatures across the growing season and is harvested later than other regions. This cooler temperature range and coastal proximity can deliver a certain “oceanic acidity,” lending structure and complexity to the wine. The nose reveals blackberry, bitter cocoa, and an intense thread of rose petal. On the palate, black plum is layered with allspice, and sage. Electric acidity and fine grained tannins give the wine the structure to balance a variety of foods, but the lengthy finish which has just a hint of creaminess makes this perfect to sip on its own.

Icons/location pin Mendocino, California
Icons/wine/red Pinot Noir
Icons/star Rare wine (115 cases produced)
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The details

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  • Tannin
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Sweetness
  • Funkiness
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Food Pairing

Shrimp, Roasted Chicken, Pork Tenderloin

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Tasting Notes

Blackberry, Cocoa, Black Plum, Rose Petal, Allspice

What's cool?

Interesting Winemaking Technique

We keep our oak to a minimum and this wine has only once, twice-used and neutral French oak barrels.

Award Winner

94 points, Wine Enthusiast. Editor Jim Gordon writes: "The wine is complex, layered and sophisticated, bringing something new to each sip."

Soil That Matters

Oppenlander Vineyard is close to the ocean and consists of rocky soil. The wine has hints of crushed seashells and minerality, which comes from the unique soil.

Uncommon Region

Most people don't know where Mendocino County is, let alone Comptche. It's 8 mi. from the coast, very cool and is home to only a handful of vineyards.

Mendocino, California

Waits-Mast Family Cellars

Waits-Mast Family Cellars is a micro-production winery based in San Francisco. Our love for wine is rooted in Mendocino County. Through our selection of single-vineyard Pinot Noir, we aim to show the diversity of flavors and characteristics of one region, contemplating the influence of fog, ocean, mountains, forest and hillside across Mendocino County.

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Nerdy Details

What's in the bottle
Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV: 13.6%
Pinot Noir from 20 year old vines from Oppenlander Vineyard, Mendocino (100%). Harvested on 2015-09-15 at 23.0 brix .
Press: Light press, mostly free-run juice
Fermentation: Fermented using native yeast
Clarification: No fining, no filtering
Aged 16 months in once, twice-used and neutral French oak
Bottled on: 2017-02-24

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