2010 Masut Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.masut.com

The Fetzer family is no stranger at all when it comes to making wine – they’ve been at it for decades. So when sons, Jake and Ben wanted to start their own brand, showcasing what great Pinot can be like for a reasonable price, it was as natural for them to transition into as breathing.

Technical Data:

  • Appellation: Mendocino County
  • Clones: 113, 115, and 777
  • Production: 700 cases
  • Production: 8,400 bottles
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.56
  • TA: 6.3 g/L
  • Price: $40

Nose: Prune, spiced almonds, blackened cranberry, cola, leather, a hint of medicine cabinet and a playground tire.

Taste: Easily one of the most balanced new-world Pinot’s I’ve had of late. The combination of fruit, acid and tannin are sublime. Beautiful combination of darkened cranberry, fruit compot, a hind of cedar smoke, leather and cigar. A very nice mid palate that combines enough fruit and tannin to make a good mouthfeel yet has the acids – oh killer acids – that help keep it leaving a “fresh feeling” on the palate. The finish hangs out insanly long and demands that you keep tapping this wine again and again.

W.E.P. Rating: 120%