Masút Vineyard and Winery

Owner(s) Ben Fetzer, Jake Fetzer
Web site www.masut.com
 
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Masút Vineyard and Winery

Ben and Jake Fetzer are the sons of Bobby Fetzer, whose family farmed over 3,000 acres of certified organic Fetzer Vineyards in the Redwood Valley region of Mendocino County (Fetzer Vineyards was sold in 1992). The brothers started their own project, Masút Vineyard and Winery which was launched in 2009 with the assistance of their mother, focusing on estate grown Pinot Noir from their certified organic Masùt Vineyard on a ranch west of Redwood Valley (a petition has been submitted for a new AVA, "Eagle Peak, Mendocino County"). The winery is dedicated to their father, Bobby Fetzer, who passed away in a river rafting accident in 2006.

The Masút Vineyard is 23 acres located on a hillside planted in 1997 to about 25 acres of Pinot Noir - three Dijon clones (113, 115, 777) and UCD 23 (Mariafeld) - and 8 acres of Sangiovese The site was chosen as a prime location for Pinot Noir by Bobby Fetzer and his sons cleared the land and planted the vineyard. Masút is a former Pomo Indian word meaning "dark, rich earth." Initially, grapes were sold to DeLoach and Paul Hobbs. The inaugural bottling of Masút Pinot Noir was produced from the 2009 vintage with the assistance of winemaker Greg La Follette who helped the Fetzer brothers get Masút off the ground.

Private tours and tasting are available by appointment. The Masút Pinot Noir is available through the winery's online store. Ultimately, the brothers hope to build the Masút brand to 3,000 cases and release a series of bottlings that highlight specific blocks and clones within the vineyard.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Masút Estate Vineyard Mendocino County Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 2,450 cases, $40. From brothers Jake and Ben Fetzer. 22.6-acre vineyard planted in 1997 at the headwaters of the Russian River Valley. Dijon clones 115 (73%), 777 (18%) and 113 (9%). 100% de-stemmed, 14-18 day fermentation, aged sur lie for 10 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish purple hue in the glass. Highly aromatic with black cherry and black plum scents accented by oak-driven toast and spice. Very smooth and seductive on the palate, with a middleweight core of vigorous black cherry, black raspberry coulis and cola flavors singing in cadence with thick oak notes. The fruit is beautifully ripened and rich on the mid palate, finishing with a generous presence. Tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine still had a significant oak overlay. I would cellar this wine for a year or two to integrate the oak. Score: 90. Reviewed February 4, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Masút Estate Vineyard Mendocino County Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 1,041 cases, $40. Low yields, about 2.5 tons per acre. Native and selected yeast fermentations. Aged 11 months in 35% new French oak barrels from several coopers. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of black cherries, dark raspberries and a hint of toasty brioche. Very fruity and fragrant. Mid weight flavors of black cherries and raspberries with a touch of spice and a subtle earthy, savory note. Good energy, with mild tannins, bright acidity, and a raspberry-infused finish that slips off the back of the tongue with a lasting impression. Terrific! Reviewed February 4, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Masút Estate Vineyard Block 1 Mendocino County Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 115 cases, $55. From a 1.86-acre block of 1690 vines of clone 115 planted in 1997 on 104-14 rootstock. Aged 11 months in 100% new Cadus French oak. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of earthy dark red fruits with a touch of red rose floral scent in the background. Impressive attack of mouth coating, silky and well-spiced cherry fruit complimented by perfect oak integration and supple tannins. A dreamy wine of great flavor that displays impeccable balance. Clone 115 is one of the few Dijon clones that can make a great stand-alone wine. Reviewed February 4, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Masút Estate Vineyard Block 11 Mendocino County Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 115 cases, $55. From a 1.75-acre block of 1,590 vines planted to clone 113 in 1997. Aged 11 months in 100% new Cadus French oak. 113 is seldom bottled as a stand-alone clone so this wine is unique. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Inviting nose, but brooding and needs time to open in the glass. Aromas of cherry pie glaze, mixed berry preservers, brioche, mocha and spice. Appealing flavors of dark red cherries, cranberries and raspberries with a savory, spicy underpinning. Crisp and juicy, with soft tannins. I like this wine but it does not have the mid palate impact or finish of the other block-designate Estate Vineyard Pinot Noirs. Good (+). Reviewed February 4, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Masút Estate Vineyard Block 13 Mendocino County Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 115 cases, $55. From a 1.15-acre block of 1,041 clone 777 vines planted on 101-14 rootstock in 2003. Aged 11 months in 100% new Cadus French oak. · Medium purple color in the glass. Muted nose that arrives over time with scents of dark berries, black cherry, black currant and dark chocolate. Fresh, with impressive fruit presence on the palate, softly textured, finishing with good power. The most sap and tannin of the block-designated wines but retains a velvety mouth feel and appealing drink ability. Very good. Reviewed February 4, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Masút Estate Vineyard Block 7 Mendocino County Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 115 cases, $55. Clone 115 planted in 1997 on 101-101 rootstock. 1.56 acres and 1,417 vines. Aged 11 months in 100% new Cadus French oak. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Veers to the darker side of fruit with more plum and a touch of herbs and oak. Mid weight flavors of black plum sauce and dark berries with a hint of spice and tea leaf, supported by mild tannins, and finishing with some notable fruit presence. Seems a bit closed now and should benefit from more time in bottle. Very good. Reviewed February 4, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Masút Vineyard & Winery Estate Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.63, 700 cases, $40. From a 23-acre hillside vineyard planted in 1997. Whole berry de-stemmed into open top fermenters. Both native and proprietary yeasts were used during the 16-day fermentation. The wine was aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Strong aromas of oakdriven coffee mocha with no fruit contribution. Lovely and pleasing on the palate, featuring perfectly ripe and luscious black cherry fruit, but the fruit is buried in oak-driven flavors of char and coffee mocha. About the same the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Only time will tell if enough of the oak will integrate to allow the fruit to really shine. Good. Source www.masut.com and retail distribution in multiple states. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Masút Mendocino County Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.54, 700 cases, $40. Inaugural vintage. Aged 10 months in 55% new French oak barrels. · A stunning wine with alluring aromas of cherry pie and baking spices. Silky on the palate, with medium range flavors of red stone fruits wrapped in fine-grain tannins and bright acidity. Very approachable now. One of my favorites at WOPN. Very good (+). Reviewed March 12, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Masút Vineyard & Winery Mendocino Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.54, TA 0.06, $40. A discovery this year at the World of Pinot Noir. Brothers Ben and Jake Fetzer produce an estate-grown Pinot Noir dedicated to the legacy of their father, Bobby Fetzer, a well-known and respected winegrower. The Masút Vineyard is certified organic and is located in the Redwood Valley at the headwaters of the Russian River. Clones are 777, 115 and 113. Aged in 55% new French oak barrels. · This is a wine of character with black cherry as its central theme. The fruit is fresh and bright, accented by a savory herb flavor, and displaying some oak-driven spice and mocha notes. Admirable finesse, with a long, juicy finish. Much better the next day from a previously opened and recorked bottle. Will benefit from more time in the bottle to further integrate the oak. Very good. Reviewed April 11, 2011 ARTICLE »