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Masút Pinot Noir 2012

by Nannette Eaton on April 18, 2014

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

Masut Pinot Noir Mendocino
Masút is a tribal word for “rich, dark earth.”  The inaugural vintage of Masút from brothers Ben and Jake Fetzer is like being enveloped in a rain forest. It’s rich dark cherries wrapped by dusky earthiness — elegant and primal simultaneously. It was lovely on day one, with the fruit being very pronounced. Day two was amazing, the cherries took a step back and the moss, bark and dirt took front stage. Transcendent. A glass of serious awesome.

Fish is a great pairing for pinot noir. Wine Harlots default for pinot is always salmon, but today we are branching out (a little bit, anyway) with Trout in Sorrel Sauce. The music match is “Dirty Rain” from Ryan Adams from the album Ashes and Fire.

The details: 13.9% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Mendocino. Grapes: pinot noir. Retail: $40 USD available directly from Masút Vineyard and Winery. The wine was provided as a complementary media sample for editorial consideration. The wine glass is the stemless Riedel O Wine Tumbler in the Pinot/Nebbiolo shape purchased at BevMo! $30 USD for a pair.

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2014