Waits-Mast 2015 Pinot Noir, Wentzel Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Clones: 114, 115, 667 (from The Clos, Riverblock and Lookout blocks), 777
Vineyards: Wentzel Vineyard - Certified organic
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Harvest: August 29, 2015, 90 cases
On fermentation: 100% whole berry (no stems). BRL97 yeast. Unfined & unfiltered.
On aging: 16 months in 25% new French oak (Cadus, tight grain, M+ slow, 30 month)
Bottled: August, 2015
Tasting notes: Bright ruby in the glass, the nose is packed with pure red fruit aromas and a hint of Pennyroyal – a mint that grows wild across Anderson Valley. On the palate, the bright acidity is balanced by a medium weight and flavors of bing cherry, cola nut, and a hint of vanilla bean. The red fruit flavors carry through the lengthy finish, a hallmark of Wentzel Pinot Noir.
Cellar potential: Drink now through 2025
At a roughly 900 foot elevation near Philo, Roland and Barbara Wentzel’s10-acre vineyard is organically farmed within an expansive 300+ acre forested property.
The particular plot of land that we get our fruit from is called “the clos,” as it is a fenced-in block situated up the hill. The block, made up of Dijon clones, has north-south rows with a north-west orientation, terraced up a steep hillside, so the grapes benefit from the long afternoon sunlight, tempered by cool offshore breezes.