August 27, 2019
The Prince Departs

2014 Waits-Mast Mariah Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 96 cases, $42. Released June 2017. This vineyard is located at 2,400 feet elevation and is owned by Dan Dooling and Vicki Tomola. Clones 667 and Pommard on Syrah rootstock (the vineyard was originally planted in the 1970s to Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel). Harvest Brix 25.1ยบ. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Lovely and nuanced in the glass, with aromas of strawberry, red cherry, sandalwood, wine cave, and floral bouquet. Intense on the attack with mouth coating flavors of dark red berries and cherries filling the mouth with goodness. A wine of character with a good grip on the finish that really holds on. Score: 91. Reviewed July 9, 2017

Winery: Waits-Mast Family Cellars
From article: More Recently Tasted Anderson Valley, Mendocino Ridge and Mendocino County Pinot Noir