Latest Press Reviews for 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir by valleyfog

December 15, 2011

Our 2009 vintage has received a warm reception from both consumers and the trade that we have poured for over the last few months. Seeing Pinot Noir fans react positively to our wines at our tasting tables or wine shop owners or sommeliers is always gratifying – we like seeing smiles, wistful far-off-looks and the occasional welling up of tears in the eyes. Add some well-chosen words, and things get really poetic.

So it’s also rewarding to have our wines go through blind tastings by respected members of the wine trade media. Our 2009 Pinot Noir lineup has recently received some favorable reviews, including 90+ point ratings in Wine Enthusiast‘s December 15, 2011 issue. The best part of these reviews is always the descriptors. Wine writers are in the profession for a reason – they are good with words.

Here is a sample of the recent reviews from Wine Enthusiast:

  • 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills: 92 points. “Ripe fruit, in the form of raspberries, cherries and figs, characterizes this luscious Pinot. But it has much more going for it than that. The tannins are rich and complex, the finish is dry and spicy, and the overall impression is of wine with a great pedigree. Drink over the next six years.”
  • 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Amber Ridge Vineyard, Russian River Valley: 90 points.  “Classic coastal California Pinot, dry, silky and complex. So easy to like, gliding across the palate with raspberry, cherry, Canadian bacon and smoky sandalwood flavors that are filled with umami richness. Best over the next four years.”

    Amber Ridge Pinot Noir

  • 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Hayley Vineyard, Anderson Valley: 90 points. “Delivers plenty of rich Pinot flavor from the great Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. Raspberries, cherries, pomegranates, Dr. Pepper cola, spices and sandalwood flood the mouth, wrapped into a silky texture. Nice now, although it could develop bottle complexity over the next 3–4 years.”

Wine Enthusiast also gave our 2009 Deer Meadows Vineyard Pinot Noir 90 points, with the following description: “raspberries, cherries, vanilla, cinnamon spice and sandalwood wash over the palate, just delicious.”

The Deer Meadows also made it on the short list of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir wines reviewed by Jon Bonne in the San Francisco Chronicle in October.  It ranked as one of the 11 best out of over 40 bottles tasted, and received the following review:

This San Francisco label tapped an impressive parcel – the site at 1,600-feet elevation farmed by Richard Savoy that was the source of Littorai’s One Acre bottle. Eucalyptus-driven and piney; it’s chewy and more of a forest-driven wine, with lots of bright citrus to finish.

As we like to say, we love our wines, but we love it when others love our wines, too! And if you want to try all of our wines, we recently released a couple of multi-packs. We have a Fifth Vintage 5-Pack to celebrate the five different Pinots we made in our fifth vintage and we have a Mendocino County 3-Pack for for all of our Mendocino and Anderson Valley Pinots. Both are priced with a package discount, so enjoy!


Holiday Specials on Waits-Mast Pinot Noir by valleyfog
December 9, 2011, 12:13 am
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(photo by Katie Parker)

Seasons Greetings Pinot Noir fans! It’s been a great year at Waits-Mast Family Cellars and we wanted to celebrate the holidays by passing along some specials for our loyal fans and customers. If you’ve got some Pinot Noir-lovers on your gift list (or those you’re trying to convert), then we’re going to help with the following deals:

Shipping Discount on 3 or More Bottles

Purchase three or more bottles of Waits-Mast Pinot Noir and UPS ground shipping is complimentary. Just start shopping in our webstore and the discount will automatically kick in once you add three or more bottles to your cart. This offer is good through 12/28/11.

2009 5th Vintage Five-Pack

2009 was our fifth vintage of winemaking and we celebrated it by making Pinot Noir from five different vineyards in Mendocino, Sonoma and Santa Barbara Counties. And a great vintage it was — these wines are already getting accolades from the San Francisco Chronicle and Wine Enthusiast. Now’s your chance to enjoy or give this five-pack, which includes each of our five new releases for a special price of $190. The 5-pack qualifies for complimentary shipping.

Mendocino County Three-Pack

Sample each of the three single-vineyard 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir wines from Mendocino County, including two from the Anderson Valley appellation, all at a special package price of $112 (also qualifies for complimentary shipping).

Case discount

We offer a standard 10% discount on orders of one case or more. Mixed cases qualify.


If you want your packages to arrive by December 25, please place your orders as soon as possible. For ground shipping to the midwest, we recommend that you place your order by December 15. For ground shipping within California, place your order by 12 noon, December 19.

At the moment, we are only able to ship to the states of Illinois and California, but we are working on adding some additional states (NY, WA are next) in the coming weeks and months. If you are in one of those other 48 states, another option is to purchase our wine through online retailers like K&L Wines that carry our wines and can ship to a large number of states.

Happy shopping and happy holidays!