The Russian River is perhaps one of the more famous watersheds for growing Pinot Noir in Northern California. At it’s western headwaters lies the Pacific coast range and the mountainous Eagle Peak, Mendocino County AVA. Elevation creates a climate with high diurnal temperature swings, while hillside soils are more shallow than the valleys below.
The Fetzers purchased a 1200 acre ranch here is the early 1990’s, and with a vision for Pinot Noir, they planted vines at two unique sites on the property. The “Lower” vineyard by the river boosts soils of weathered sedimentary rock and clay. The “Upper” vineyard at the top of the mountain is dry farmed in red weathered sandstone soils. Also planted here is a small block of Chardonnay.
The Masút winery sits high on the ridge, carefully designed with the vineyard in mind. As harvest arrives hand picked fruit is shuttled from the estate vines directly into the cellar. Small open top tanks are used to keep each vineyard block and clone separate through fermentation. These new wines are aged in French oak barrels “sur lie” for up to 15 months before bottling unfined and unfiltered.
Engaging aromas of minerality layered with green apple and pineapple undertones. Crisp acidity and French oak spice adds to the structure and succulent long finish.