Wentzel Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2017

Produced by Waits-Mast Family Cellars

Roland and Barbara Wentzel’s 10-acre vineyard is organically farmed within an expansive 300+ acre forested property. The particular plot of land that we get our fruit from is called “the clos,” as it is a fenced-in block situated up the hill. Wentzel's steep hillside site surrounded by towering conifer delivers diverse layers of flavor. Showing a brilliant ruby hue in the glass, the nose reveals aromas of black cherry, dried thyme and a touch of vanilla bean pod. On the palate, the bright acidity lifts the fruit, revealing concentrated flavors of cherry coulis, passionfruit and a hint of cardamom in the finish.

Icons/location pin Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
Icons/wine/red Pinot Noir
Icons/star Rare wine (90 cases produced)
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The details

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

Grilled Salmon, Roasted Chicken, Pork Tenderloin

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Tasting Notes

Black Cherry, Vanilla, Cardamom, Cherry, Thyme

What's cool?

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Noteworthy Topography

The steep hillside vineyard gets direct late afternoon sun exposure as well as cool ocean breezes and is surrounded by tall redwood and pine trees.

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Notable Viticulture Technique

The vineyard has been organically farmed for 20+ years.

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A Place In History

Wentzel Vineyard was one of the first vineyards we sourced fruit from over 12 years ago when we started making wine.

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Award Winner

Our Wentzel Vineyard Pinot Noir regularly receives high scores; the last two vintages received 95 points from Wine Enthusiast.

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

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What's in the bottle
Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV: 13.7%
Harvest
Pinot Noir from 20 year old vines from Wentzel Vineyard, Anderson Valley (100%). Harvested on 2015-09-15 at 23.0 brix .
Press: Light-medium press, mostly free-run juice
Winemaking
Fermentation: Whole-berry fermentation (no whole cluster or stems)
Clarification: No fining, no filtering
Aging
16 months in French oak, 22.6% new (Cadus)
Bottled on: 2019-02-23

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