August 27, 2019
The Prince Departs

2012 Waits-Mast Nash Mill Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 70 cases, $40. Released May 2014. Vineyard owned by Zac and Krista Robinson, whose family also owns Husch Vineyards. It is located in the cool northern end of the Anderson Valley. Clone 115, 777 and Pommard. Harvest Brix 27.0º-28.0º. 100% de-stemmed, native and inoculated fermentation, aged 16 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Like a walk in the forest, this wine smells of conifer and earthy spices. An intriguing palate featuring flavors of black cherry, baking spice, and mocha. Tricked out with a velvety mouthfeel and firm structural bones. Highly unique and interesting, and difficult to describe, but I really like it. Even better later the same day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Serious goodness. Score: 93. Reviewed March 16, 2015

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