2013 Drew Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., $55. Fifth release from this vineyard in the deep end of the Anderson Valley owned by Burt Williams. Sourced from the Rochioli block situated on a south slope with lighter soil provides finesse and charm, while the La Tache block is on a gentler slope with more clay soil giving more power and richness to the fruit blend. 50% rochioli selection and 50% “828” (La Tache selection). 50% whole cluster fermentation. Native fermentation and malolactic fermentation. Aged 11 months in 100% French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Almost a shame to open a bottle now, for this is built to cellar a few more years. Lovely aromas of black cherry, sous-bois, dried herbs and stem. Luscious mid palate flavors of dark cherries, black raspberries and pomegranate with firm tannins underneath, and a lengthy, lip-smacking finish driven by bright acidity. Much better over time in the glass and was still pumping out glorious flavors two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very classy, even extraordinary. Score: 94. Reviewed March 16, 2015

Winery: Drew Family Cellars
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir