Masút Vineyard and Winery, Eagle Peak (Mendocino County, California) Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard 2019

($45):  Masút’s 2019 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is simply stunning at this stage.  It shows the enormous complexity for which Pinot Noir is known, combining savory earthy notes with delicate fruity ones.  There’s spice and excellent energy in this wine that leaves you wanting another sip.  It’s balanced.  The elements come together seamlessly.  It has the flavor-without-weight I associate with top Pinot Noir.  In addition, a delicate hint of bitterness in the finish enhances its appeal with food.  It will be fascinating to compare their two bottlings, Big Barrel and this one, in a few years to watch their development, but for now, pull the cork and savor this one with grilled salmon.
95 Michael Apstein May 17, 2022