Vineyard: Morning Dew Ranch

OwnerBurt Williams
AppellationAnderson Valley
Story40-acre ranch with 13 acres planted to Pinot Noir (Pommard, 115, 777, a Rochioli selection and a DRC suitcase selection), located in the cool deep end of the Anderson Valley. Planted in 1999, the vineyard is owned and farmed by Burt Williams of Williams Selyem fame.
VarietiesPinot Noir

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 Drew Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $55. Vineyard is owned by Burt Williams and located in the deep end of the Anderson Valley on a steep, south-facing hillside. Multiple field selections including Rochioli and La Tache “828.” Harvest Brix 22.5º-23º. 30% whole cluster fermentation. 100% native fermentation. 33% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Intoxicating aromas of black cherry, red grape, brown spice and sandalwood. Refined and elegant in style, with deep cherry and red raspberry flavors underlain with hints of spice and stem. A complete wine with balanced tannins, refreshing acidity and a long, bright, raspberry-infused finish with no hard edges. Good for long-term cellaring but thoroughly enjoyable now. Score: 92. Reviewed April 19, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Williams Selyem Burt Williams’ Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $75. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is filled with hi-tone strawberry, cherry and baking spice aromas. Vivid and flamboyant on the palate with discreetly concentrated and sappy flavors of dark red cherries and berries and a hint of spiced purple plum. An enchanting wine with a velvety mouth feel, balanced tannins, bright acidity, welcoming finesse, and an extremely long and intense finish that will leave you saying, “Oh man!” In my opinion, Williams Selyem’s best Pinot Noir. Burt’s legacy lives on in his vineyard. Score: 94. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Drew Morning Dew Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.66, 165 cases, $47. Second release from this vineyard. Owner is Burt Williams of Williams Selyem fame. Includes Rochioli selection, a suitcase DRC selection and clone 828. 50% whole cluster fermentation. 50% native fermentation. Aged 11 months in 30% new and 70% seasoned French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Reserve but pleasing aromas of fresh dark cherries and Pinot Noir must with exotic spice highlights. Delicious core of dark cherries and raspberries with a subtle floral note and complimentary oak features. Very complex, offering different flavor angles with each sip. Lighter weighted and elegant and soft in the mouth with mild tannins and a good cut of acidity on the finish. A world apart. Reviewed February 22, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Drew Morning Dew Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.66, 165 cases, $48, released May 15, 2012. From Burt Williams’ vineyard in the deep end of the Anderson Valley. Rochioli selection, a DRC field selection and Dijon clone 828. Jason Drew now draws from Burt’s own choice block since Burt no longer produces Pinot Noir. 50% whole cluster, 50% native fermentation, aged 11 months in 30% new and 70% seasoned French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Amazingly fragrant with the scent of fresh pie cherries, strawberries and spice. Fresh and vibrant on the palate with good tension, featuring an array of red fruits, edible flowers and spice, offering a lively cut on the highly aromatic finish that lingers forever. In a word, stunning. Very good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Williams Selyem Burt Williams’ Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $75. · Moderately light in color with a reddish tinge. Generous aromas of dark red fruits, bark and maple syrup. Light and elegant in style, but not wimpy in pleasure, infused with rocket-powered flavors of red cherries and berries, blueberries, and tantalizing baking spices. The fruit is invigorated by lively acidity, framed by fine-grain tannins and full of vibrancy on the refreshing finish. I can’t say enough good things about this gorgeous wine. Reviewed January 19, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $65. Sourced from Burt Williams’ vineyard. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. Fresh aromas of dark cherries and berries with hints of herbs and brioche. A full mouthful of Pinot Noir, featuring flavors of ollaliberry pie, blackberries and mocha. Very smooth and sexy with perfectly balanced t n ‘a. Delicious the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A wowzer. Reviewed November 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Morning Dew Ranch Jan’s Cuvée Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., $75. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Alluring aromas of black cherries, spice, white pepper and sweet pipe smoke. Waves and waves of savory fruit, offering tantalizing flavors of brandied black cherries, black raspberries, anise and tar. Very polished with balanced tannins and well-honed acidity. The unbelievably long finish lasts over a minute and I am not exaggerating. The more you taste, the more you like this special wine. Even better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Williams Selyem Pinot Noir of the early 1990s De Ja Vu. Burt is a modest soul, but calls this, “A wine apart.” Reviewed January 19, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $50. · Deeply colored in the glass. Appealing aromas of black cherries and dark berry jam with a hint of tobacco smoke. Tasty core of dark stone fruits with a faint accent of tar in the background. Nicely composed with a silky mouth feel and gossamer tannins. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 197 cases, $60. · Medium reddish-color in the glass. After decanting, aromas of pie berries, sweet barbecue smoke and wood spice emerge. Very fresh and vivid dark red berry fruit display an increasing charm over time in the glass and offers impressive finishing strength. There is clearly smoke, ash and tobacco flavors evident which reflect the fires of the vintage and the drinker needs to search through the smoke screen for the lovely core of fruit and spice within. The wine has very gentle tannins and is highly approachable now with decanting. Those drinkers that can accept the smoke affectation will thoroughly embrace this wine. Very good. Reviewed November 29, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., $50. · The most restrained nose in the lineup showing less fruitiness and more stem, oak char and good barnyard. A solid berry fruit core peeks out and there is good balancing t n’ a, but this wine is tight. There is enough charm to indicate good things are ahead, but I wouldn’t even think about popping the cork on this one for another few years. Reviewed May 26, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., $50. · Like the name of the vineyard implies, this wine smells of fresh morning air with shy red berry fruits in the background. Rather austere and crisp in style with tart cherry, cranberry and pomegranate flavors. Good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Woodenhead Vintners Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Pinot

13.5% alc.. · A terrific Pinot brimming with spiced red fruits that are caressing in the mouth. Excellent balance and length with a long, powerfully aromatic finish. Clearly one of my standouts at the Festival. Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $45. · Shy aromas of cherry syrup, grass and barnyard. Dark red earthy fruits Good acid spine. Not showing particularly well right now but Margi’s wines need some time to develop. Be patient. Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $45. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · High-toned nose showing aromas of deep red Pinot fruits, leather hide, seasoned oak and a touch of grass. Vibrant and vigorous strawberry, raspberry, cranberry and pomegranate fruits which taste like the best fruit punch you have ever had. Plenty of vim and vigor due to lively acidity, well-integrated tannins, a sense of delicacy and a finish that keeps on delivering for over 30 seconds. Uncle! Reviewed May 26, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Brogan Cellars Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $45. Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The aromas of hard cherry and berry candy remind me of my childhood. Scents of pine pitch and sage add interest. Delicious and intense core of red fruits with a confected note, hints of red licorice and root beer, all framed in mild firm, dry tannins. Very harmonious with a notable persistence of fruit flavors on the pleasing finish. Very good. Reviewed September 8, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Whitcraft Winery Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

12.4% alc., $50. · Unusual aromatics but some recognizable ripe crushed berries, musk, and floral elements. Sappy dark fruits including wild blackberries surface with a soapy, floral, and sour overtone. Way too much tannin and far too tart on the finish. A strange wine that defies description. Probably a bad bottle. Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Whitcraft Winery Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

12.4% alc., $50. Unfined and unfiltered. · One look at the very dark reddish-purple color in the glass and you know what’s coming. Intense and powerful aromas of blackberries, plums and cardamon spice. A muscular wine with a full on load of dense, deep, thick and almost jammy well-spiced dark fruits. A quirky wine with a big booty that packs in plenty of flavor without the heat. Over the top for me. Decent. Reviewed March 12, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Brogan Cellars My Father’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 150 cases, $60. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels for 15 months. · The nose will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand erect. Oodles of black cherries, berry pie, sage, Moroccan spice, and violets. Wow! A richly flavored wine brimming with black raspberries with a hint of citrus peel in the background (think lemon custard with raspberries). Even some spearmint flavor shows up. A very interesting wine which still has enough structure to go the distance. Reviewed May 26, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Brogan My Father’s Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 150 cases, $60. · This is a dark wine brimming with sweet ripe red fruits probably from whole cluster influence. It is juicy, vivid and alive with great richness of flavor. The finish is clean and sports an interesting hint of pink grapefruit. Website: www.brogancellars.com. Reviewed June 3, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Brogan Cellars Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 100 cases, $40. The first wine from Burt Williams’ vineyard. · The nose is a knockout featuring heady fresh berries, black cherries, spices and a hint of oak. Literally intoxicating. Luscious dark fruits with a dusting of oak char. Plenty of body and weight but supported beautifully by balancing sandy tannins and acidity. A marvelous wine that is drinking at its peak. Reviewed May 26, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Woodenhead Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

166 cases, $46. This producer was featured recently in the PinotFile. Nikolai Stez spent 17 years working crushes at Williams Selyem. He now crafts small production, artisan Pinot Noirs of great interest. Woodenhead wines may be purchased on the website. · The wine has a pure red fruit nose of great elegance. Very lush in the mouth with plenty of spice and vim. More fruity than complex, with plenty of power to thrill. A Lolita. Reviewed January 22, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Woodenhead Morning Dew Ranch Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 166 cases, $46. After selling Williams Selyem and retiring, Burt Williams planted his own vineyard in the Anderson Valley. He is prevented from making wine himself because of a non-compete agreement, but probably prefers not too, simply relishing in nurturing a young vineyard to excellence. Two other producers are allocated grapes from Morning Dew Ranch - Whitcraft in Santa Barbara County and Brogan Cellars in Healdsburg. · This is a prodigious wine that is as dark as Pinot gets. With coaxing, a rich nose of dark fruits, brown spice and pepper emerges. The wine is dense and chewy on the palate with oak and earth notes preempting the fruit. The finish is mildly tannic with lively acidity. It is very tight and concentrated at this point and I recommend decanting, or preferably, cellaring for a period. Reviewed November 27, 2006 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Whitcraft Winery Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $48. · A terrific nose of cherry compote, spice and cola with an Anderson Valley acid kick at the end. The nose is a dead ringer for some of the great early 90s Pinots of Williams Selyem. Rich with earth-kissed cherry flavor. Reviewed February 12, 2006 WINERY » ARTICLE »