Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wine of the Week - Drew Family Winery Pinot Noir "Mid-Elevation"

The Mendocino Ridge AVA resides just North of the Sonoma coast border and immediately South, South west of the Anderson Valley, also in Mendocino County. This is very much a mid to high elevation area with considerable coastal and cool winds directly influencing the region 1 climate. Vineyards have to be at least 1,200 ft in elevation and no more than 11 miles from the coast to qualify. Grapes grown in this appellation produce low yields and intense concentration with a very refreshing mouth feel due to the higher acidity.

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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