2012 Waits-Mast Mariah Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 98 cases, $42. Released October 2014. Vineyard planted by Dan Dooling and Vicki Tomola in the 1970s. Located at 2,400‘ elevation. Clones are 667 and Pommard. Harvest Brix 25.5º. 4-day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, aged 16 months in 100% French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Interesting aromas of cherry, sous-bois, iron and a hint of smoky oak. Light in weight with good finesse, offering flavors of cherry, boysenberry and spice. Nicely composed with good oak integration and echoes of cherry on the modest finish. Score: 89. Reviewed March 16, 2015

Winery: Waits-Mast Family Cellars
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir