Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wine of the Week - Drew Family Wine's "Ornbaun"

Ornbaun: the well-drained soil formed in material weathered from sandstone and mudstone; typically found on hills and mountains which run through the Mendocino Ridge AVA.  

Like its namesake suggests, Drew's Ornbaun Rhône Blend is truly site-specific. With the vineyard located 3 miles from the ocean, the grapes harvested here have a freshness and purity that Drew Family Wines are recognized for. For this wine, Jason Drew specifically sources from the Mendocino ridge AVA, one of the best locations to ripen this Syrah in California. The Ornbaun is comprised of 84% Syrah, 8% Grenache, 5% Mourvèdre, and 3% Viognier. This domestic Rhône blend is full of elegant cool-climate fruit, with a wonderful structure and balance. 

With over 25 years in the wine business in Central and Northern California, Jason Drew brings a vast depth of knowledge and a holistic perspective to his winemaking.  Drew focuses on small lot coastal Pinot Noir and Syrah from Anderson Valley and the Mendocino Ridge. For his sourced fruit, he has long standing partnerships with several local vineyard growers who share his passion for sustainable and meticulous farming practices. Single vineyard sources are chosen for their climate, clonal selection and complexity of soil type. Winemaking practices remain focused on traditional methods that include whole cluster and native yeast fermentations, hand punchdowns and no fining or filtering.  

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