Waits-Mast 2016 Pinot Noir, Nash Mill Vineyard, Anderson Valley
93 points, Wine Enthusiast, June 2019
Varietal: Pinot Noir (Clones: 115/777/Pommard)
Vineyards: Nash Mill Vineyard
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Harvest: 9/13/16, 23.4 Brix, 160 cases
On fermentation: 100% whole berry (no stems). W15 and Brioso yeasts. Unfined & unfiltered.
On aging: 16 months in French oak, 33% new (Cadus TGM 30 month, Damy AML 3year)
Tasting notes: 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.
Cellar potential: Drink now through 2025
Bottled: March 2018
Released: March 2019
Nash Mill vineyard is located on a southern profile in the Eastern hills at the cool northern end of the Anderson Valley. Its location is within a large cold air drainage which further moderates temperatures and slows grape ripening. The typical harvest at Nash Mill is about 2 weeks later than many other vineyards in the Anderson Valley.
The vineyard is owned by Mark and Katie Wentworth, who also own Wentworth Vineyard, a new vineyard located in Elk, CA. The vineyard is farmed with an emphasis on balance. The use of irrigation, fertilizers and cover crops is tuned to devigorate the strong zones and build strength in the weaker areas. Since the property includes Mill Creek, a healthy salmon fishery, the Vineyard uses Fish Friendly practices and was certified in 2010.
San Francisco woman winemaker, Shalini Sekhar