2009 Masut Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton


The Fetzer Family is a California icon – they have been producing quality wines in that State for nearly half a century. Bob Fetzer’s sons, Ben and Jake branched out and created their own winery called Masut – a brand dedicated to producing world-class Pinot Noir from the vineyard their father purchased back in 1992.

Technical Data:

  • Estate Vineyard Certified Organic
  • Appellation Mendocino County
  • Clones Dijon 777,115, 113
  • Harvest September 15-25, 2009
  • Fermentation Open-top 2 ton fermentors
  • Aging French Oak (55% New)
  • Production 1700 six packs
  • Date Bottled August 25th, 2010
  • Analysis Alc. 14.2% / pH 3.54 / TA .6g/100ml
  • Price: $40.00

Nose: Peppered roses, beef tongue, cedar chest, christmas spice, black cherries for days and what reminds me of a cherry compote.

Taste: Massive waves of black cherries, dark chocolate, with the spice-action really picking up steam across the mid palate. Nice tannins that are a tad firm but subtle enough to keep everything on the downlow. This is a very solid pinot and one that can easily compete with others I’ve had from other regions at its price point.

W.E.P. Rating: 100%

On the web: www.masut.com