Waits-Mast 2014 Pinot Noir, Wentzel Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Clones: 114, 115, 667 and 777
Harvest/Brix: September 3, 2014 at 23.5 Brix
Fruit: 25% whole cluster
Fermentation: Native yeast
Barrel aging: 11 months in 25% new French oak (Cadus, tight grain, M+ slow, 30 month)
Alcohol content: 13.6% by volume
Bottled: August, 2015
Production: 120 cases
The clos at Wentzel Vineyard has Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 – all within a block that is less than an acre. It's a pretty small block, so to complete the ton we also get fruit from the nearby Lookout block, Dijon 115 clone.
In 2014, we doubled our production (four barrels instead of two!) and we also added some whole clusters (about 20%) to the fermentation - a rare technique for our small winery. With this vineyard, everything lined up and we knew that some whole cluster would add some earth and spice to the wonderful strawberry profile that Wentzel Vineyard shows. These layers are already revealing themselves in this wine and will continue to unfold over time.
Tasting notes: With a medium ruby color, this wine opens with pure aromas of bing cherry, rose petal, white pepper and sweet fennel seed. On the palate, the wine offers medium body and bright acidity emphasizing the red fruit flavors of cherry and red plum. These flavors carry through to the lengthy finish which is complimented by touches of cedar and vanilla bean. This wine is just beginning to show its potential and some time in the glass will be rewarded. Enjoy this now, but it will continue to develop over the next 3-5 years.118 cases produced.
93 Points, Wine Enthusiast