Holiday Gift Guide for Pinot Noir Lovers by valleyfog
November 28, 2010, 11:25 pm
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2008 Waits-Mast Family Cellars Amber Ridge Pinot Noir

Not sure what to get for that special someone? Here’s the insider’s guide to our current releases for every personality on your shopping list:

SPICY: 2008 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills (released in September; approximately 10 cases left):  well-balanced and integrated with lots of layers and that develop over time; wonderful fruity/slightly earthy aroma and spices on the mid-palate – a very well-rounded wine. Slightly tart, but smooths out over time; excellent with food and perfect for the holiday meal and all of its spices. 92 pts. Wine Enthusiast and silver medal, 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

SASSY: 2008 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Amber Ridge Vineyard, Russian River Valley (5 cases left): A lush, yet balanced pinot noir with blueberry pastry on the nose; it definitely shows a little leg with its raspberry and sweet cherry flavors. And just to keep your attention a little longer, it has a nice hint of nutmeg on the finish. A great sipper on its own, but also pairs well with dishes with Asian spices. Silver medal, 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

EARTHY: 2008 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Hein Vineyard, Anderson Valley (3 cases left): very earthy/mushroomy nose; if you like da funk, this wine has da funk – more so than when we first released it; the fruit and spice flavors are perfect for this season with its holiday spices: clove, cinnamon, cherry & cranberry. Gold medal, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

BOOKISH: 2007 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills (less than 3 cases left): brooding and complex, this one has taken time to pull its nose out of the books with a toasty aroma, and integrated red and dark berry flavors; a hint of eucalyptus on the nose, too; smoothing out and drinking well now; this was awesome with the bacon-cornbread stuffing we made last year for Thanksgiving

FICKLE: La Encantada Vineyard Double-Vintage Pack: can’t decide on just one of these wines from Sta. Rita Hills? Get the two pack, one from the 2007 and 2008 vintages of our La Encantada pinot noir. Open them at the same time with your friends to compare and contrast vintages and flavors from an incredible vineyard, organically farmed by Richard Sanford.

You can find these all at our webstore here. Or if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area or Chicago, go to the News tab of our website for availability of our wines at a fine wine merchant near you.

Happy shopping!


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