Zotovich Estate 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

Zotovich Estate 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

Zotovich Estate 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills

A standout winery from the wine ghetto in (not so) beautiful Lompoc.  While this may be the less majestic looking spot in Santa Barbara County, it’s one of the greatest spots on earth for Pinot Noir.  Vineyards in Santa Rita Hills keep putting out palate poems like this bottle, and doing so at reasonable prices. Taut red fruit with layers of wild rose and honeysuckle. It is a lithe expression of Pinot Noir that offers great finesse and clarity.  

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Waxing nostalgic as we release our 2016 Rosé and 2014 Pinot Noir, Mariah Vineyard

In honor of our Waits-Mast Family Cellars late spring release (the 2016 Waits-Mast Rosé of Pinot Noir and the 2014 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Mariah Vineyard), it’s a good time to reflect back on the early days of these wines. The rosé is a mere babe, crafted from a blend of luscious pinot noir juices harvested last August and September from some of our favorite Mendocino County vineyards. Nash Mill Vineyard, Mariah Vineyard and Oppenlander Vineyard make up the blend, which is being released just in time for this week’s heat spell. We only made 20 cases of this wine, so enjoy it while you can.
2016 Waits-Mast Rose of Pinot Noir just off the bottling line, February, 2017. Photo: J. Waits

2016 Waits-Mast Rose of Pinot Noir just off the bottling line, February, 2017. Photo: J. Waits

Our other new release is the 2014 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir from Mariah Vineyard in Mendocino Ridge. It’s hard to believe that back in August, 2014, we were wandering ...
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Mariah Vineyard on September 5, 2014. Photo: J. Waits
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Pressing 2014 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir, Mariah Vineyard on October 1, 2014. Photo: J. Waits
Bottling 2014 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir. Photo: J. Waits

Greyfriars Sparkling Rosé Reserve 2013, Surrey, England

Greyfriars Sparkling Rosé Reserve 2013, Surrey, England (£21-£26 from the vineyard, Waitrose) Wild strawberry aromas, fresh but with a slightly decadent whiff of ‘the countryside’, decent juicy flavours too, maybe not as good as the smell suggested but still pleasant, with a spicy, smoky, earthy tinge. S-

Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot Chambolle-Musigny 2005


In 2012 I thought this was skinny and extracted and I wondered if it would soften with age. . . five years on and a transformation of sorts, though the shape still seems clumsy.

A good nose - dark and deep, spice and curiously camphor. . . I can picture my mum's rose wood chest full of winter blankets and moth balls. . . The opening sip is hot and adhesive. . . it does improve, but it seems unhinged and over spiced - too much ginger. . . a peacock's tail of sorts, but not entirely convincing.

Day 2 - more shadowy and deep, black cardamon, grainy and formidable. . . perhaps I've become too accustomed to the shallows to appreciate this. . .

Don Sebastiani Delicious

Don Sebastiani & Sons Pinot Noir has always graced our wine collection, so we were delighted to find out about how this California winery has expanded its portfolio to 14 brands with Big Smooth wines — a beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon and … Continue reading

Two affordable Pinot Noirs from Chile & Australia

Blind Spot Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2016, Yarra Valley, Australia (£10.95 The Wine Society) Pale and gentle, with a herbal-scented rose hip character alongside the fresh and lightly cooked strawberry flavours, fresh but persistent, could happily take a light chill on a summer day. S- Santa Rita ‘National Gallery’ Pinot Noir 2016, Aconcagua Valley, Chile […]

Latta Coghills Creek 2015


13%. Screwcap. Ballarat.

A super wine. On the back label the work untinkered.

Fragrant with excellent shape and shadowing. Tea leaf, rose petal and dried citrus peel. . . a savoury, is it really there, undercurrent. Round and elusive, it's only much late than I spot the skins. . . an hourglass figure, it has terrific amplitude and energy. Delicious.