Masut Estate Vineyard Eagle Peak Mendocino Pinot Noir 17

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Ben and Jake Fetzer are the third-generation California vintners to bear their family's famous name. The Fetzer name is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable old-school names in the West Coast wine scene; however, you can throw out whatever you may have known about Fetzer wines in the past — brothers Ben and Jake are on a mission to make the perfect Pinot Noir.

Ben and Jake's grandfather Barney Fetzer came to Mendocino County in the late 1950s and established the Fetzer family vineyards in 1968. After decades of work to make Fetzer a household name in the wine world, Barney sold the family winery in the early 1990s.

Ben and Jake continue the family legacy at Masút winery — a property their father, Bobby Fetzer, acquired in the mid-1990s. Over the last ten years, they have built Masút into a world-class winery, honing their focus, particularly on Pinot Noir.

Masút estate is a 1,100-acre ranch situated in the coastal mountains of Mendocino County. The location has been recognized as its own American Viticultural Area, and currently, the Masút Vineyards are the sole occupants of this Eagle Peak, Mendocino County AVA.

The region features coastal afternoon breezes, elevations ranging from 800-3,000 feet, and a myriad of microclimates. This diversity of climate and terroir helps provide the Fetzer brothers with top-quality fruit that becomes expressive and unique West Coast Pinot Noir.

If this all seems a little familiar, you may be remembering when we introduced the brother's Rural Pinot Noir project. That special Eagle Peak Pinot Noir bottling was done for one of my West Coast suppliers, and all of the fruit for the Rural Pinot Noir was sourced from the Masút estate. It quickly became one of our most popular West Coast Pinots, so I'm delighted to be able to offer an Insider Deal on their flagship Pinot Noir!

As with the Rural, we fell in love with the tasty Masút Estate Pinot Noir at first sip. The medium garnet color leads to a palate brimming with juicy cherry, raspberry, and strawberry. Subtle hints of violet, tea, and forest floor let you know this is classic Pinot Noir! There's a nice dollop of richness in the middle palate that balances the silky tannins, and an ample beam of freshness and acidity keeps the lengthy finish super-clean. If you're a Burgundy fan, there's a lot to like about this one. If you're already a fan of West Coast Pinot Noir, this one's a no-brainer!

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