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2014 Oppenlander Pinot Noir

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Appellation: Mendocino County AVA

By: Waits-Mast Family Cellars

In: San Francisco, CA

750mL / 13.4% ABV

Winestyr Review

Intensely aromatic bouquet of red and purple flowers, rhubarb, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. The wine takes on a lush, powerful character on the palate and finishes with an ode to sous bois, graphite, and redwood. In a great place currently but might even warrant one or two more years of age. 93pts from Wine Enthusiast.

What We Love

  • Potential cellar selection
  • Remote single vineyard source
  • Depth and power

Pour this against "cult" brands that cost three or four times as much per bottle.


Since the beginning, Waits-Mast Family Cellars has focused its efforts on single-vineyard Pinot Noir from the often foggy, cool-climate regions of California. Pinot Noir has been their favorite varietal because of its nuances, complexity, and its ability take on the personality and traits of each individual vineyard and site. Starting with the 2012 vintage, they began concentrating their efforts even further, by emphasizing wines from the Northern California appellations of Anderson Valley, Mendocino Ridge, and Mendocino County. Their goal is to work with intriguing vineyards and to let the unique characteristics – from coastal proximity to hillside placement – shine through in the wine.


Waits-Mast Family Cellars was founded by Brian Mast and Jennifer Waits in 2005. Before they started to make wine, they were passionate wine consumers, spending many weekends exploring small wineries all over California and beyond. After years of research in books and afield, they crafted their first barrel of Pinot Noir in 2005. Pleased with the results, they continued the following year. Their shift from wine geeks to winemakers quickly eschewed Waits-Mast to cult-like status in the world of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. With too many accolades to name, the wines precede themselves.

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