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Waits-Mast Family Cellars produces small lots of single-vineyard pinot noir from small, independent growers in Anderson Valley, Mendocino County and Mendocino Ridge.
And by small lot, we mean small – 50 or 100 case lots. That means each lot receives close attention and care as we work to strike a balance of flavor, aroma and texture and faithfully represent the characteristics of each vineyard site.
From these different regions, we source fruit from premium vineyards, some from familiar names and others that are a bit under the radar. It is that combination of strong grower relationships and constant discovery that gets us excited about winemaking and about sharing these wines with you.
We highlight women led businesses on our site because most winery owners and winemakers are men. To earn this tag the winery must be majority women owned or have a female winemaker.
Family owned and operated businesses are an important part of the US economy. To earn this tag, a winery has two or more family members involved, and the majority ownership lies within the family.
Starting your own business is hard, especially in the wine industry where there are so many uncontrolled variables. Wineries earn this tag if the current owners and operators are also the founders.
Waits-Mast Family Cellars was founded by Brian Mast and Jennifer Waits in 2005. Before we started making wine we were passionate wine consumers. Many weekend getaways were spent exploring wineries across California and a few special trips exposed us…
We began working with Shalini in 2013 when she was the Custom Crush Winemaker at ROAR Wines in San Francisco. A former musician (she earned a Master’s Degree in Flute & Piccolo Performance), she shifted to a career in wine; marrying the same combina…
2016 Oppenlander Vineyard | 2016 Nash Mill Vineyard | 2017 Mendocino County
The red currant flavors are complimented with sage, nutmeg, clove, and a slight umami character.
Lush dark red fruit, with a minerality that harkens the Mendocino coast sea breeze
Bright red cherry on the palate with zingy acidity and a plush finish layered with notes of spice.