2007 Drew Fog-Eater Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 495 cases, $42. Fog-eater is a regional boontling term used by the early settlers of the Anderson Valley to denote a coastal dweller or someone living out on the margin. 60% Balo Vineyard (Dijon clone 828 and Martini selection) and 40% Valenti Vineyard (Dijon clone 667). Yields were 1.25-1.95 tons per acre. Brix at harvest 23.5º-24.2º. 15% whole cluster, 20% stem retention, 8-day cold soak, gravity racked twice, aged for 11 months in 30% new and 70% seasoned French oak barrels. · Expressive and enticing aromas of black cherries, cedar and forest floor.This wine speaks of its forested terroir with cherry fruit flavors enhanced with wooded forest and juniper berry flavors, moderate tannins and lively acidity. Still outgoing the next day from a previously opened and recorked bottle signifying age ability. Reviewed June 5, 2009

Winery: Drew Family Cellars
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