Filed under: New releases | Tags: Amber Ridge Vineyard, anderson valley pinot noir, Deer Meadows Vineyard, La Encantada Vineyard, Mendocino County Pinot Noir, Oppenlander, Rich Savoy
At long last the wait is over. It’s always the hardest part of wine making. You get excited about a particular vintage and how the wines will turn out, but the wines need time. Time to evolve, time to settle down, time to open up. And the time is now as we are excited to release our Waits-Mast Family Cellars lineup of 2009 Pinot Noir wines.
2009 was a very favorable growing year, as many wine writers have noted, and there was a lot of great pinot noir available that year. We ended up sourcing fruit from five different vineyards, from as far south as Sta. Rita Hills and as far north as Comptche, CA. Here is the lineup, with links to tasting notes and specs on each one:
- 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
- 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Amber Ridge Vineyard, Russian River Valley
- 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Hayley Vineyard, Anderson Valley
- 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Deer Meadows Vineyard, Anderson Valley
- 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Oppenlander Vineyard, Mendocino County
The joy of this lineup is that it is a diverse portfolio of wines, each representing the style and personality of the vineyard and the region. The Sta. Rita Hills pinot screams central coast with its bright acidity, amazing structure and cranberry tartness. The Russian River pinot is fruit-forward with a floral nose and silky finish. And as we get into Anderson Valley with the Hayley and Deer Meadows we pick up the pure cherry fruit and earthy aromas from that cool climate. Wrapping it up in Comptche, the vineyard that is furthest north and closest to the coast, the wine serves up that “oceanic acidity,” a balanced, earthy and strikingly-colored pinot noir.
After reading all that, and if you’ve been following this blog since the 2009 harvest, then you’re probably ready to get some for yourself. Our online store, which we had closed for the summer due to warm weather shipping restrictions and some updating of the store, is now open and the 2009 vintage is now available. Just go to www.waitsmast.com and click on “purchase.”
At the moment, we are only able to ship within the state of California, but we are working on adding some additional states in the coming weeks and months. If you are in one of those other 49 states and wish for us to ship to you, let us know and we’ll do our best to get the proper permits (there are tons of legal restrictions on direct shipping, so no guarantees).
Soon we’ll have some retailers offering our wine through their online site as well, and they often ship to many states in the U.S. Stay tuned to our blog and our website for updates on these retailers. And to read some of the latest reviews, go to our News page on our website for the most recent reviews on Waits-Mast Pinot Noir.
Enjoy the wines and we’ll keep you posted on more updates on this vintage, our 2010s and the 2011 harvest.
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