Waits-Mast 2014 Pinot Noir, Oppenlander Vineyard, Mendocino County
Clones:115, 667, Pommard
Harvest/Brix:September 23, 2014 at 22.2 Brix
Fruit:100% whole berry
Barrel aging:37.5% new (Sirugue CTGE+ & VTGE and Damy AML 3 year)
93 points, Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast
The beautiful ruby color of the 2014 Oppenlander is a prelude to the fresh black fruits at the forefront of the nose. The nose is densely packed with aromas of plum and black cherry, cedar, brioche, sagebrush, and a hint of gardenia. The laser focus of the palate exhibits the same red fruits and balances weight with bright acidity. The finish is lengthy and the fruit flavors are complimented by a light toastiness in the finish and a touch of florality. Drink now and over the next 5-7 years.