Waits Mast is a husband and wife Pinot Noir venture that started in 2000 when two Pinotphiles decided to start their own venture. Under the guidance of their consulting winemaker Shalini Shehkar (Roar, William Selyem) and the staff at Roar they started production of their own label, and the rest as they say…. is history.
The Oppenlander Vineyard is well off the beaten path in Mendocino County outside of the town of Comptche. It’s about eight miles from the Pacific Ocean as the crow flies at an elevation of 250 feet. Oppenlander is owned by the Shandel family, 5th generation owners of the property, and was originally homesteaded in the 1860s by their ancestors from Denmark (via the Gold Rush in Australia).
Waits Mast 2014 “Oppenlander” Pinot Noir, Mendocino
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The beautiful ruby color of the 2014 Oppenlander is a prelude to the fresh black fruits at the forefront of the nose. The nose is densely packed with aromas of plum and black cherry, cedar, brioche, sagebrush, and a hint of gardenia. The laser focus of the palate exhibits the same red fruits and balances weight with bright acidity. The finish is lengthy and the fruit flavors are complimented by a light toastiness in the finish and a touch of florality. Drink now and over the next 5-7 years. Only 165 cases were produced. Alc.13.5%
94 Point Rating: “Coming from a single vineyard along the Mendocino coast, this wine has smoky savory flavors that complement the just-ripe fruit flavors and give a truly maverick but easy-to-enjoy personality. It is medium bodied, velvet textured, and has good structure, fine-grained tannins and enough concentration for a lingering finish.”
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