Harvest 2016 Begins by Jennifer
September 6, 2016, 3:55 pm
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And we’re off…On Labor Day, the 2016 harvest began for Waits-Mast Family Cellars. We brought in our first pinot noir pick from our little section (the Clos) in Wentzel Vineyard in Anderson Valley yesterday. As predicted, we were exactly one week later than our first pick (also from that vineyard) in 2015.


Wentzel Vineyard pinot noir grapes. September, 2016. Photo: J. Waits

Owner Roland Wentzel kindly made the trek down from his Philo-based vineyard to San Francisco with two bins full of grapes for us and while we awaited his arrival, Brian and I realized that this will mark our 10th harvest as a commercial winery. Coincidentally, our very first commercial vintage in 2007 was also a pinot noir from Wentzel Vineyard. Time flies.


Waits-Mast winemaker Shalini Sekhar (on forklift) greeting Roland Wentzel. Photo: J. Waits

The fruit looked gorgeous and hand sorting it was a breeze, with just a few stray leaves to pull out here and there.


Sorting first Wenzel Vineyard pick of 2016. Photo: J. Waits

Probably early next week we’ll bring in additional fruit from another, later-ripening section of Wentzel Vineyard. We are also awaiting fruit from our additional four vineyard sources in Mendocino County. It should be a busy few weeks.


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