2007 Drew Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 200 cases, $42. This vineyard sits in a cool pocket among the redwoods at the southeastern border of the Anderson Valley. Situated on a steep southeastern slope at 850 feet, the soils consist of shale and clay. The vineyard was planted in 1992-1998 and is about 15 acres in size and contains rare heritage clones of Pinot Noir. For this bottling, four clones were combined: 2A, Pommard 4, DRC selection and Rochioli Riverblock selection planted in 1992. The owner, Bill Weir, is a Burgundy fanatic and has strived to produce old world character in his north coast vineyard. I have had some stunning Pinot Noirs from this vineyard! Yields were 1.88 tons per acre. Average Brix at harvest 24.2º. 15% stem inclusion, 4-day cold soak, 15 days on skins. Aged 11 months in 30% new and 70% seasoned French oak barrels. · A complete wine of great interest beginning with scents of dark fruits, cedar and middle eastern spices. Dark plums and berries assault the palate with intensity. A big-boned bruiser but not jammy. Flamboyant tannins balanced nicely with tangy acidity. The black knight in the lineup that Jason has managed to corral. Needs short ribs. Drank perfectly fine the next day from a previously opened re-corked bottle indicating a long life ahead for this wine. Reviewed June 5, 2009

Winery: Drew Family Cellars
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