In 1994, after Fetzer Winery had been sold to a larger entity, Robert Fetzer, one of Mendocino’s most experienced grape growers, sought out and purchased one remarkable property. It was a 1200-acre plot set on a high ridge in the shadows of Eagle Peak where the cool breezy nights and mineral-rich soils conspire to produce intense, flavorful fruit.
Fetzer called the prized hillside site Masút, a Native American term meaning “dark, rich soil”. In 2003 he began planting Pinot Noir vines, intrigued by the potential of the fast-draining soil, the superb sun-exposure, and the marine-influenced winds.
After Robert’s tragic death in a rafting accident in 2006 his two sons, Bobby and Jake, converted a barn on the property into a place where they could craft a wine to honor the memory and vision of their father. Today, their Masút Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir with its a deep garnet color and beautifully integrated aromas of red-fruit and spice offers both scintillating acidity, and a silky smooth finish.