Summer Hours at Waits-Mast by valleyfog

Waits-Mast Pinot Noir

Just a quick note that Waits-Mast Family Cellars will be closing up our webstore on June 30 for the summer and will re-open in the early fall.

Because the warmer weather in the summer is not conducive to shipping wine, and because we’ll be doing some work on our webstore in the next couple of months, our online store will be on summer hiatus. That means the current releases below will be available until June 30 and no longer available online after that.

Most are in limited quantity and will sell out soon, so if you have some favorites below, get ’em while you can at our online shop.

  • 2007 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills: 6 bottles left
  • 2008 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Hein Vineyard, Anderson Valley: 7 bottles left
  • 2008 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills: 58 bottles left
  • 2009 Waits-Mast Blanc de Blancs, Split Rock Vineyard, Sonoma Coast: 36 bottles left

After this brief hiatus, we will re-launch the webstore in the fall with our new 2009 pinot noirs – almost 200 cases of pinot from five different vineyards. Because we are transitioning our license and seller’s permit, we will no longer be able to sell the older vintages listed above. We’ll do a blog post or two about the whole arduous process, but, we’ll save that for another day!

And of course, if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can find our wines at local retailers SF Wine Trading Company, Canyon Market and Draeger’s Markets in Blackhawk and Los Altos.


Sparkling Wine from Waits-Mast? Yup. by valleyfog
June 2, 2011, 11:59 pm
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Dig it. Back in 2009, in addition to the five different vineyard-designate pinot noirs we made, we participated in a small project to make sparkling wine from the Split Rock vineyard in the Sonoma Coast AVA. At long last, the 2009 Waits-Mast Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine, Split Rock Vineyard (Sonoma Coast) is now available in our webstore for a limited time only.

2009 Waits-Mast Blanc de Blancs

We only made 6 cases, so there will also be limited availability – we have a feeling they could go fast. Alas, we are excited to finally pop this bubbly and try it and to share it with you. It is a rockin’ good wine.

Sourced from the Split Rock Vineyard located in the Sonoma Coast growing region, the grapes selected for this sparkling wine enjoyed rocky soils combined with winds from the Petaluma Gap which consistently produces great fruit. Here are the tasting notes:

The 2009 Blanc de Blancs exhibits an abundance of soft, bright aromatics with fresh-baked brioche, Anjou pear and citrus flowers. The palate is lush with Pink Lady apple, melon and Clover honey. Long and elegant on the back end lifted by lively tones of Meyer lemon and Nashi pear. There is a creaminess on the mid-palate and a crispness on the finish of this sparkler, where the acidity and the apple and pear flavors really come through.


2009 Blanc de Blancs, Split Rock Vineyard

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol: 13.0%

Aging: 20 months on the yeast

Disgorgement: May, 2011

Price: $40/bottle (750ml)

When we’re not drinking pinot noir, we’re drinking sparkling wine (or maybe both in one night!). We are also firm believers that sparkling wine is not just a special occasion wine – it goes well with so many foods and tastes great any time of the year. So, treat yourself for the summer and grab a sparkler.

Central Coast Tastings: SLO & Arroyo Grande by valleyfog
Wrapping up our Labor Day vacation in the Central Coast, we decided to squeeze in a few more wine tastings. We focused on those close to San Luis Obispo, where we were staying. Returning to Talley was a must – we went there on our honeymoon and they are a great Pinot Noir producer. I wanted to check out Baileyana, as I’d never been there before and the winemaker, Burgundian native Christian Roguenant, has his imprint on a number of different labels (including Alma Rosa). And Jennifer was jonesing for some sparklers, so we capped off the day at Laetitia, the premier sparkling wine maker in the Central Coast.
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Baileyana tasting room, the historic Independence Schoolhouse, on Orcutt Road in San Luis Obispo. (photo: Marya Figueroa)

We started at Baileyana in the mid-morning and luckily for us the place was empty – the calm before the storm (read: stretch SUV limos and drunkards!). The owners also have a white-wine focused effort called tangent, so both Baileyana and tangent are poured in the same tasting room. We tried one of the tangent wines – Ecclestone, a blend of different white varietals, including Viognier, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and others. It was very refreshing, had a nice medium weight on the palate with lovely apricot and tangerine notes. I was most focused on the Pinot Noir, so I zeroed in on the 2006 Baileyana Grand Firepeak Cuvee. As suspected, it had a more Burgundian profile. The nose had a touch of earth and the palate showed red cherry, dark cherry and some clove. Good structure – still tightly wound, but there was definitely a lot going on. This is a well-made Pinot and one that should do well in the cellar.

We ambled over to Talley Vineyards next. The tasting bar is huge, with four to five sides and at least four people behind the bar. This was good because the SUV limo rolled in right after we did, so there was plenty of room for all. Plus they had a basket of toys for our Miss B to play with – bonus points for any winery that offers toys. Talley offers a number of different wines to try, so the choices can be overwhelming. Luckily they made it easy on us, as this weekend they were releasing their latest Pinot Noirs and had a flight of five different Pinot Noirs to taste. They were all amazing, but our favorites (all 2006) were the Edna Valley, Stone Corral Vineyard and the Rincon Vineyard. The Rosemary’s Vineyard was also delicious but needed some time. The Stone Corral had a restrained bouquet, but on the palate displayed both earth and red fruits and had a great finish, where I detected a hint of coca (no, not a soupcon, just a hint). We also tasted and picked up a bottle of Mano Tinta, a Syrah blend where all the proceeds from the sale of the wine benefit a special fund for vineyard and farm workers. The Talleys have been in the Arroyo Grande community for a long time, so they do a great job of giving back to the community.

Laetitia also had a good lineup of Pinots – five in their current releases. They have even more sparkling wines. Laetitia was actually founded by Deutz, as that Champagne house was in search of one of the best sites to make Methode Champenoise sparkling wines in California. It was sold to Jean Claude Tardivat, who renamed the winery after his daughter. So given its sparkling wine heritage, Jennifer, a huge bubbly fan these days, was keen on trying them. She went for the sparkling flight, while I opted for, you guessed it, more Pinots! She really liked the 2005 Brut de Blancs, while I favored the 2006 Pinot Noir “777”, which had some good earth.

There are a ton more wineries to visit in the region, ranging from Edna Valley producers down to Santa Maria and beyond, but this was all we could squeeze in this time. A good sampling and some great bottles to pack in to our already overstuffed car.