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2016 Pinot Noir - Oppenlander Vineyard
The 2016 Oppenlander shows beautiful deep ruby color in the glass, and the dark
brooding aromas of this wine are true to the identity of Oppenlander year after year. The nose reveals blackberry, herbs de Provence and cedar. Aged 16 months in 33% new French oak, hints of clove, anise and a hint of dried coconut layer the black cherry core on the palate. Generous in weight, the palate remains structured with racy acidity and textured tannins that can stand up to heartier fare.
2016 Pinot Noir - Nash Mill Vineyard
In 2016, we picked Nash Mill on September 13 at an average ripeness of around 23.4 Brix. This wine is always a pale garnet, but that doesn’t hint at the power of Nash Mill. The intense nose is packed with pinot varietal character, currants, cumin and a hint of savory. On the palate, the red currant flavors are complimented with sage, nutmeg, clove, and a slight umami character. The structure of Nash Mill can stand up to heartier fare with its zingy acidity and ripe tannins.
2017 Pinot Noir - Mendocino County
The medium garnet color of this wine gives way to bright red fruits often exhibited in Oppenlander, layered with spicier notes of clove and nutmeg that we frequently find in the Nash Mill site. The blend showcases bright red cherry on the palate with zingy acidity and a plush finish layered with notes of spice, creamy toast, and a touch of forest floor. This wine will drink well right out of the bottle, but will continue to develop over the next 3-5 years. Enjoy with seasonal trout or salmon with simple lemon butter sauce or with a light pasta of spring vegetables and a shaving of Parmigiano Reggiano.
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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.
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