2012 Waits-Mast Wentzel Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 48 cases, $45. Released October 2014. Vineyard is located at 900’ elevation near Philo. The 10-acre property is organically farmed. Harvest Brix 23.5º. Clones 114, 115, 667 and 777. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged 16 months in 100% French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderate ruby red color in the glass. Shy aromas of cherry and raspberry replicated in the flavors. Laden with blueberry, raspberry and spice, framed by good acid tension, but tight and unexpressive. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was still closed with tannins somewhat more prominent than fruit. Cellar this one for a year or two. Score: 88-89. Reviewed March 16, 2015

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