Waits-Mast 2016 Pinot Noir, Oppenlander Vineyard, Mendocino County
Details: Clone: Dijon 114, 115, 667 Harvest: September 23, 2016 Alcohol content: 14.1% by volume Fruit: 100% whole berry (no stems) Fermentation: Brioso yeast Barrel aging: 16 months in French oak, 33% new (Sirugue CTGE 3yr, Billon AM+ 3 yr) Finish: unfined and unfiltered Bottled: March 2018 Production: 145 case
A beautiful medium garnet hue, the Oppenlander is consistently full of black fruit. This vintage is no exception as the nose reveals blackberry, bitter cocoa, and an intense thread of rose petal. On the palate, black plum is layered with allspice, and sage. Electric acidity and fine grained tannins give the wine the structure to balance a variety of foods, but the lengthy finish which has just a hint of creaminess makes this perfect to sip on its own.