2017 Masut Eagle Peak Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
It was Barney Fetzer who pioneered high quality winemaking in Mendocino in the 1950s. Yes, that’s right, before the revival of Napa and Sonoma in the 1960s, Barney – and (count them) his 11 children – were making premium wines in Mendocino.
But times change and so do wineries. Robert Fetzer inherited the winery which was then bought by Brown Forman in the early 1990s. From there the family and company took different directions: Fetzer became the Fetzer we all know, and Robert Fetzer, with the idea of once again making premium wine. Masut, a Native American word referring to “dark, rich earth” specifically, the dark, rich earth of Mendocino County.
Tragically, Robert saw barely 10 vintages as a famer at his newfound Pinot Noir site before dying in a rafting accident at age 50. His sons, Jacob and Ben, continue the project, dedicating the wines to their father. And this wine is a fitting tribute:
Here you get big robust aromas of raspberries, bramble fruit on the nose, a generous touch of oaky spice, a broad mid-palate and a soft and supple finish. It’s a high altitude Pinot, planted above the fog line, and that shows in its wonderful fruit character of rich raspberry, blackberry compote and barrel spices. It’s a long, smooth, abundant, richly drinking Pinot. At four years old its drinking amazing right now, but will last at least double that time in your cellar. And best of all, we got it at one heck of a discount.
“Produced by Jacob and Benjamin Fetzer, Masút Estate Vineyard 2017 Pinot Noir is an elegant and intense PN rich with bright red cherry, berry, dark plum, earthy, flinty, spicy and mouth filling with a finish that lingers on. Enjoy now with a garlic and rosemary rubbed rack of lamb.” – Natalie Maclean