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Drew Family Cellars

Owner(s) Jason Drew, Molly Drew
Web site www.drewwines.com
 
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Drew Family Cellars

Jason Drew has been making wine since 1991 when he helped out his uncle plant a vineyard in the Napa Valley. He received his formal winemaking training in both California and Australia. In California he obtained an Agro-Ecology degree with an emphasis on Viticulture from the University of California at Santa Cruz. In Australia he received a Graduate degree in Oenology from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. His on-the-job winemaking experience came at Joseph Phelps, Luna, Corison and Babcock. He served as Vineyard Manager at both Carmenet and Navarro.

In 2000 he founded the Drew label with his wife Molly while he was associate winemaker at Babcock Vineyards & Winery in the Santa Rita Hills. In 2002, he left Babcock to concentrate on his own label, and in 2004, purchased a 26-acre ridge top property that was a noted dry-farmed apple orchard overlooking the Anderson Valley to the east and the Pacific Ocean three miles to the west in the Mendocino Ridge appellation. The couple lived in an Airstream trailer for the first year with their two sons before building a combination winery and home on the property Vineyard land was eventually cleared around the apple trees and 7.5 acres of Pinot Noir was planted (Blossom Tree Vineyard). Drew's new vineyard will be one of the most westerly vineyards on the north coast and the question of ripening of Pinot Noir here will be proven by Drew one way or another.

Currently the winery’s Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from the Anderson Valley (Fog Eater, Monument Tree Vineyard, Morning Dew Ranch Vineyard), Sonoma Coast (McDougall Ranch Vineyard), Mendocino Ridge (Perli and Valenti Vineyard) and the Yorkville Highlands (Weir Vineyard). Vineyard sources have changed as vineyard ownership changes have ensued over the years, and Jason seeks out the best possible sites that he deems suitable. I really like Jason's style and both his Fog Eater and McDougall Ranch bottlings have been included in my North American All-Americans. His minimalistic wine making translates into wines with considerable verve and focus as well as balance for age ability.

The wines are sold on the website, through retail channels and at the tasting room at 9000 Hwy 128 in Philo, just northwest of the Goldeneye Winery (Thursday - Monday 11:00-5:00). I recommend joining the mailing list and the Pre-Release Wine Club to insure you obtain the wines. Production of Pinot Noir and Syrah is 1,800 cases annually. An Albarino white wine is also appealing. A star in the making.

Articles About Drew Family Cellars

2009 California Praiseworthy Pinots (8.46 11/29/2011)
2011 California Pinot Noir All-Americans Second Team (8.47 12/20/2011)
2012 California Pinot Noir All-Americans First Team (9.17 12/26/2012)
2012 California Pinot Noir All-Americans Honorable Mention (9.17 12/26/2012)
2012 California Value Priced Pinot Noir First Team All-Americans (9.17 12/26/2012)
2014 California Value Priced Honorable Mention All-Americans (10.2 12/22/2014)
Anderson Noir Valley (9.3 2/22/2012)
Anderson Noir Valley Pinot (Pt I) (7.18 5/26/2009)
Anderson Noir Valley Pinot Festival: After the Smoke Clears (8.16 6/8/2010)
Anderson Noir Valley: Trade Tasting (9.8 6/24/2012)
Andersonoir Valley Pinot Noir Festival (8.40 6/30/2011)
California Pinot With Plenty of Noir (8.37 5/13/2011)
In Pursuit of Balance: A Discriminating Goal (9.20 2/26/2013)
Mendocino Ridge: California’s Best Kept Secret Source of Spectacular Wines (9.8 6/24/2012)
Mendocino Ridge: New Frontier for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (8.9 1/22/2010)
More Anderson Noir Valley Pinot (9.8 6/24/2012)
More Princely Pinots (8.42 8/11/2011)
Open Your Wallet for Pinot Pleasure (6.55 3/17/2008)
Part III: Fort Ross-Seaview AVA Today (9.28 8/14/2013)
Pinot Briefs (8.7 12/16/2009)
Pinot Briefs (6.63 8/4/2008)
Press Tasting of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (9.44 7/28/2014)
Recent Sips of Pinot Noir (9.40 4/17/2014)
Savoy Vineyard: Innovation Leads to Excellence (8.9 1/22/2010)
Sips of California Pinot Noir: Recently Sampled Wines (9.23 4/13/2013)
Spotlight on a Star in the Making: Drew (7.19 6/5/2009)
Tasting of Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs (6.28 6/3/2007)
Tastings with Winemakers: Drew, Balo, Bink, Knez and Signal Ridge (9.44 7/28/2014)
The 9th Annual World of Pinot Noir (7.16 4/18/2009)
Weir Vineyard: Getting to Know Winegrower Bill Weir and the Pinot Noirs from His Very Special Vineyard (9.29 9/5/2013)
Wineries in Anderson Valley and Mendocino Ridge* (6.60 6/9/2008)

Reviewed Wines

2012 Drew Gatekeepers Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $32. Grapes are from Valenti and Perli vineyards. 60% 667, 25% 777 and 15% Rochioli selection. Harvest Brix 22º-23º. 15% whole cluster fermentation. 100% native fermentation. 10% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. Nicely perfumed with scents of fresh cherry pie glaze, spice, toast and sunflower seed. Elegant and fresh, with mid weight flavors of black cherry, raspberry, and cranberry with a touch of spice and oak. Tangy acidity and mild fine-grain tannins. Plenty of verve to grab on and hold through a long, cherry-themed finish. Very generous in its youth, but fine the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle indicating it can be cellared for several years. Score: 90. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Drew Balo Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 142 cases, $45. Harvest Brix 23.4º. 50% Pommard, 35% 115, 15% 777. 20% whole cluster fermentation. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of spiced cherry, tea and leaf. Polished on the palate with juicy flavors of red cherry and red berry with a hint of exotic spice. Well-structured with a noticeably generous finish that leaves a lasting impression. Score: 93. Reviewed July 28, 2014 ARTICLE »

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 ARTICLE »

2011 Drew Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., 99 cases, $42. Average Brix 23º at harvest. Yields 2.1 tons per acre. 50% whole cluster fermentation. 100% native fermentation. Aged 11 months in 25% new, 25% 1-year-old and 50% 2-year-old French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very nicely appointed nose offering scents of cherries, pear and exotic spices. Lighter in this vintage, with an array of layered red fruits that fill the mouth with pleasure. Savory dried herbs and spice add interest. The tannins are well-behaved, the acidity brings focus and brightness to the wine, and the typical Weir finish leaves a lasting impression. This wine is showing definite whole cluster influence now with a slight green tone, and should age extremely well. Drink or hold. Score: 91. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Drew Morning Dew Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

12.6% alc., $50. 50% whole cluster. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very shy fruit on the nose with a forest floor, bell pepper aroma. Bright red fruits are featured with excellent verve due to bright acidity and mild tannins. Darker berries, cherries and plum flavors are satisfying, complimented by a pleasing mouthfeel. Showing some whole clusterdriven savoriness and greenness now. Relatively closed and not at all like the stunning example I sampled from barrel last summer and more recently at In Pursuit of Balance. I would check back with this wine in 6 to 12 months. Withhold judgement. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Drew Gatekeepers Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.64, 242 cases, $28. Sourced from a 30-yearold Pommard 5 block at Wiley Vineyard (55%) and the Akin Vineyard clones 115 and 777 (45%). 40% whole cluster fermented, 55% native fermentation. Aged 11 months in 10% new and 90% seasoned French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of wild berries, cherry glaze and brier picking up some intensity over time in the glass. Lighter weighted flavors of cherries and dried herbs with a hint of oak and a citric peel lift on the finish. An easy drinking wine with a prominent herbal bent which may appeal to some. More fruity and expressive the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Drew Fog-Eater Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.63, 210 cases, $42. Fifth vintage of this wine. A blend of 50% Balo Vineyard and 50% Morning Dew Vineyard, both of which are heavily influenced by coastal fog and cool ocean breezes. Fog-eater is the Boontling term used to describe a coastal dweller, someone living out on the margin. Rochioli, Pommard, 777, 828 and Martini clones. 30% whole cluster. Native fermentation. Aged 11 months in 12.5% new French and 77.5% season French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Aromas of forest floor, dark red berries and cherries, savory herbs and floral elements. Juicy and crisp with modest intensity, featuring flavors of wood-kissed raspberry and black cherry fruit and a hint of citrus in the background. Very smooth and elegant with supple tannins. An easy drinking, solid food wine. Good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Drew Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.67, TA 0.62, 98 cases, $42. First planted in 1992 under the guidance of Burt Williams (Williams Selyem). 15 acres planted to Wädenswil 2A, a DRC selection and a Rochioli field selection (1/3 each in this wine). Owner Bill Weir strives to achieve old world character from his vineyard. 30% whole cluster. Native fermentation. Aged 11 months in 25% new and 75% seasoned French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Enticing aromas of berry jam on toast, forest floor and floral notes. A wine with character, featuring flavors of dark berries, plums, and subtle oak, clothed in balanced, ripe, dry tannins, finishing crisp with a good cut of acidity. Silky in the mouth with a long, dramatic finish Hollywood would envy. Not as tannic as some previous vintages. I love wines from this vineyard! Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Drew Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 98 cases, $42. 30% stem inclusion, native fermentation, aged 11 months in 25% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The shy nose unfolds slowly in the glass, revealing aromas of black cherries, black raspberry, briar and violets. The concentrated core of savory dark red and black fruits fill the mouth, caressed by well-matched tannins, underlain with bright acidity, and finishing with good cherry richness and length. Drink or hold. Score: 89. Reviewed September 5, 2013 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 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 ARTICLE »

2009 Drew The Gatekeeper Blend Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.67, 450 cases, $28. Released February 2011. 60% Perli Vineyard and 40% Mendocino Ridge Vineyard. Clones 114, 115, 777, 667. 100% de-stemmed. Aged 11 months in neutral French oak barrels. · Pleasant and complex array of aromas including red and black berries, black currants, raisin, cedar and savory herbs. Slightly tart flavors of cherry skins, pomegranates, and black raspberries with a savory bent. Crisp with restrained dry tannins. Easily approachable now. Better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Good (+). Reviewed May 15, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Drew The Gatekeepers Blend Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.67, 450 cases, $28. Released February 2011. Sourced from Manchester Ridge and Perli vineyards. Clones 777, 667, 114 and 115.100% de-stemmed. Aged 11 months in 100% neutral French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. A nose you could chew on, with luscious aromas of dark red cherries and berries and spice, underlain with a floral and sandalwood note. Equally satisfying in the mouth, with a flavorful array of perfectly ripe cherry and dark raspberry flavors complimented by the finest dusting of flowers and oak. Can’t say enough good things about this wellcrafted, seamless wine. I could easily drink it all night long. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Drew Fog-Eater Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.66, 370 cases, $40. Release June, 2011. A blend from two organically farmed sites: 60% Balo Vineyard (777, 828, Martini), 40% Monument Tree Vineyard (667, 115, 114). 30% whole cluster, aged 11 months in 25% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the class. Nicely perfumed with aromas of black cherries and blueberries with a hint of spice. Flavors of red plums and black cherries with a subtle note of oak and stem. Well-suited tannic backbone. Still young and undeveloped. Good. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Drew Fog-Eater Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 370 cases, $40. From two organically farmed sites: 60% Balo Vineyard and 40% Monument Tree Vineyard. Fog-Eater is a regional Boontling term used by the early settlers of the Anderson Valley. This pejorative term is used to describe a coastal dweller, someone living on the margin. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic with scents of dark stone fruits and berries with hints of spice and floral bouquet picking up interest and intensity over time in the glass. Medium weighted flavors of plum sauce and dark berry jam with a grip of Asian spice and shaved oak. Perfectly balanced supple tannins and juicy acidity. Ready to drink now and over the short term. I really enjoyed the freshness of this wine. Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Drew Fog-Eater Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 370 cases, $40. 60% Balo Vineyard and 40% Monument Tree Vineyard. Reviewed in July and August 2011. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Somewhat brooding on the nose with aromas of riper, darker fruits and leather. Tasty array of fruit on the palate including black cherries and dark red berries with hints of tea leaves and herbs in the background. Mild tannins. Good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Drew Perli Vineyard Murder Ridge Block Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $40. From a steep ridge top vineyard laden with volcanic rock at 2,000 feet elevation about 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. A chameleon of a wine that changes in the glass over time. Many aromas show up including Herbs de Provence, red berries and cherries, spice, almond paste and a floral note. Medium weighted vivid flavors of dark red cherries, raspberries and plums with a savory component, well-mannered tannins and a good cut of acidity on the bright finish. Very good (+). Reviewed November 29, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Drew Perli Vineyard Murder Ridge Block Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.67, 99 cases, $40. Released November 2011. 50% 777 and 50% 667. Aged 11 months in 100% seasoned oak. 100% de-stemmed. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Beguiling aromas of cherries, raspberry coulis, and chocolate malt. Delicious core of moderately rich cherry, berry and plum flavors with a forest bent. I swear I can taste the nearby redwoods in this wine. Very smoothly textured like the most perfect thighs, with supple tannins and a gentle, sexy finish. A languorous and slinky wine that is a clear standout in this lineup of Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noirs. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Drew Valenti Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 72 cases, $40. This vineyard is located on the top of Greenwood Ridge, 6 miles from the ocean at 1,400 feet above sea level. It is a challenging site with daily maritime winds resulting in very cool temperatures throughout the growing season. The marginally fertile topsoil overlays a deep profile of sandstone and shale which roots can penetrate deeply to take up water and minerals enabling a dry farming situation. Daytime temperatures are typically 7 to 10 degrees cooler than the Anderson Valley floor. Yields are very low. · Deep purple color in the glass. Very reluctant nose offering little fruit and primarily oak. Admirable richness and intensity of fruit flavor offering a rainbow of dark fruits including black cherries, black plums and cassis. Still tight with oak and tannin in evidence. Set this aside in your cellar while you drink the Fog-Eater. Could be a wine to contemplate down the road. Very Good. Reviewed August 13, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Drew Valenti Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.61, 72 cases, $40. Released February 2011. Clone 667. 30% whole cluster. Aged 11 months in 25% new French oak and 75% seasoned French oak. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Very slow to open on the nose with aromas of cherries, spice, forest floor and oak. Moderately dense, luscious flavors of savory dark plums, black raspberries and black grapes with a long and intensely fruit-filled finish. A slight vegetal note is evident either from slightly under ripe fruit or whole cluster. Very good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Drew Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $40. Fifth vintage of this wine. This 15-acre vineyard is situated at the southeastern border of Anderson Valley amongst the redwoods. Planted by owner Bill Weir to a California heirloom clone purported to be from DRC, cuttings from Rochioli River Block, Pommard 4 and Wädenswil 2A. I have had some marvelous wines from this vineyard through the years and this vintage is no exception. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Complex nose that unfolds slowly revealing many nuances including aromas of dark berries and black plums, mushrooms, bramble, spice, and rose petal. Delicious core of fresh plum compote wrapped in firm, but well-honed tannins, attacking the mid palate with conviction, and persisting on the soft finish that shows a riff of citrus and a perfume of plum sauce. Deft balance between richness, acidity and tannin. It is wines like this that make Pinot my paramour. Reviewed November 29, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Drew Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 180 cases, $42. Average Brix 24.5º at harvest. Yields 2.3 tons per acre. 15% whole cluster fermentation. Aged in 30% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of tea leaf, brandy-infused cherries, rose petals and marzipan. Rich core of deep red cherry and black raspberry fruits with a hint of cassis, spice and nuttiness running through. The tannins are firm, the acidity is bright, and the finish is remarkable intense and lengthy. Hold. Score: 90. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Drew McDougall Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 183 cases, pH 3.65,TA 0.64, $47. Released March 2011. A 7-acre vineyard on a rocky outcropping at 935 feet elevation about 2.4 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the true Sonoma Coast. Fifth vintage from this site. Soil is sandy clay over bedrock. Clone 114. 30% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 11 months in 30% new French oak barrels. · Deeply and intensely perfumed with scents of wild berries, spice and cedar closet. Luscious core of blackberry, boysenberry, and black cherry flavors wrapped in flamboyant tannins. Fruit is perfectly ripe and has an exotic, animale quality. Amazing persistence on the big finish. Great potential. Better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Reviewed May 15, 2011 ARTICLE »

2008 Drew Valenti Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 362 cases, $36. Very low yields due to severe frost resulting in intensity with relatively high acidity and firm tannins at lower sugar levels. The first Valenti Vineyard vineyard-designate Pinot Noir. Clones 114, 667. · Slightly restrained, even after an hour in the glass, showing dark cherry and berry, hay field and floral aromas. Tasty core of black cherry and black raspberry fruit which is saturating on the palate. Noticeable, but not intrusive ripe tannins with a smooth entry and follow through leading to a clean finish. This wine will continue to improve with cellaring as the tannins integrate and soften over time. If you can’t keep your hands of it now, decant. Very good. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Drew Valenti Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.63, 362 cases, $36. Released in the spring 2010. This vineyard is located at the top of Greenwood Ridge, 6 miles from the Pacific ocean and 1,300 feet above sea level. This is a challenging site with harsh conditions. 100% clone 667. 40% stems, 5% whole cluster fermentation. Aged 11 months in 30% new and 70% seasoned French oak barrels. Debut single-vineyard bottling. Winemaker Jason Drew. · I really like the nose on this wine which sports black cherry jam, redwood and exotic Asian spices. Earthy and slightly smoky in the mouth with savory black cherry and black raspberry fruit in the background. Restrained but evident tannins need time to resolve and the wine as a whole needs another year in the bottle to show what it has. Very good now but will get better. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

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 ARTICLE »

2007 Drew Gatekeeper Rio Vista Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

13.8% lc., 426 cases, $42. Sourced entirely from Rio Vista Vineyard located on the southeastern side of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Jason has worked with the same blocks from this vineyard since 2002. Average Brix at harvest 24.7º. Yields 2-3 tons per acre. Clones are 50% 777, 25% 667, and 25% 115. High density plantings dating to 1998. 10% whole cluster fermentation, 30% stem inclusion, 8-day cold soak, 21 days on skins. Aged 11 months in 30% new and 70% seasoned French oak barrels. · Expressive aromas of cherries, cedar, pine and mint. Delicious cherry and red plum with an appealing earthiness. Very smooth and elegant, nicely spiced, with soft tannins and a finish that lures you back for more. Reviewed June 5, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Drew Monument Tree Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 200 cases, $42. This vineyard is located in the deep-end of the Anderson Valley in Philo. 15 acres planted to Dijon clones 114, 115 and 667 in 1999. Charles McBride is the owner. Yields were 2.4 tons per acre. Brix at harvest was 24.5º. 15% whole cluster fermentation, 30% stem inclusion, 7-day cold soak and 20 days on skins. Aged for 11 months in 30% new and 70% seasoned French oak barrels. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color. On the nose there are slightly confected red plums and berries, forest pine and cedar with a hint of camphor and spice, becoming more floral with time in the glass. Woodsy and earthy red berry fruit with a supporting dusting of oak. Beautifully composed with fine tannins, a spark of acidity and a soft and clean finish. Builds in momentum in the glass and keeps getting better and better. Like a well-perfumed and adorned debutante, this wine is a charmer. Tasted twice with consistent results. Reviewed June 5, 2009 ARTICLE »

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 ARTICLE »

2007 Drew Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 225 cases, $45. This meticulously farmed vineyard is located in the cooler reaches of the Anderson Valley near the town of Philo. Planted in 1992-1998, the clones are Pommard, Calera, and Dijon 113, 114, and 115. Yields were 1-1.8 tons per acre. Brix at harvest was 24.5º. 30% whole cluster fermentation, 30% stem inclusion, 7-day cold soak, 14 days on skins, aging for 11 months in 30% new and 70% seasoned French oak barrels. · Rather shy nose exhibiting aromas of red fruits, wet stone, minerals, wood and spearmint. Light and restrained for a Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir, with pleasant cherry, cranberry and strawberry flavors. Notable tannin and brisk acidity. Decent but not a revelation. Reviewed June 5, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Drew Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 225 cases, $45. · Deep and rich aromas of berry tart with nuances of oak, smoke, raisin and green garden. Vivid core of raspberry fruit with bright acidity, mild astringent tannins, impressive body and viscosity, and a dry, generous finish. Tastes slightly riper than several other Savoy Pinots in this vintage. Very good. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Drew McDougall Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 225 cases, $50. From a small 7-acre vineyard planted to clone 114 in 1998 in a highly coveted area known as the “golden triangle.” It sits on a small bench 1,300 feet elevation about 2.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean on a steep south slope in the true Sonoma Coast. Brix at harvest 24.5º. Yields 2.1 tons per acre. 20% stem inclusion, 8-day cold soak, 18 days on skins, aged 11 months in 30% new and 70% seasoned French oak barrels. · The seductive nose sports bright fresh berries, cardamon spice, violets and Chanel #5. Sweet red fruits saturate the palate with a faint touch of oak. A comforting drink that is smooth and ethereal in the mouth with everything singing in harmony. Still great the next day. Full-on seduction. Reviewed June 5, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Drew Cargasacchi-Jalami Vineyard Potbelly Block Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 286 cases, $35 · This is a young wine and the nose is quite subdued with subtle notes of red cherry, grass and sanded wood. The lovely red Pinot fruits are accented with herbal and woodsy flavors. Light in body and offering some finesse and lively acidity, this is a good food wine whose flavors trump the aromas at this stage. Reviewed March 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Drew Fog-Eater Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 495 cases, $42. Made from two Anderson Valley vineyards heavily influenced by coastal fog. · This wine has the most flamboyant aromatics of the lineup with spiced cherries, watermelon, fresh sawn oak and a little barnyard. Plenty of lovable Pinot fruits, fine-grained tannins which could use some time to shed, and velvety texture. Doesn’t have the twinkle that the Weir has, but perfectly fine in its own right. Reviewed March 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Drew Fog-Eater Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 495 cases, $42. This wine is made from sites heavily influenced by the coastal fog. Fog- Eater is a boontling term used to describe a coastal dweller, someone living out on the margin. The blend varies with each vintage. In 2006, the blend is 65% Valenti vineyard (clone 667) and 35% Monument Tree Vineyard (clones 115,667,777). Four day cold soak, 20% stem retention, gravity racked two times, barrel aged in 35% new French oak and 65% seasoned French oak for 11 months. · Attractive ruby color. Flamboyant aromatics sporting spiced cherries, watermelon, freshsawn oak and a little barnyard. Plenty of lovable Pinot fruits, fine-grained tannins, admirable acidity, and a velvety texture. Doesn’t have the twinkle that the 2005 vintage had, but perfectly fine in its own right. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Drew McDougall Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 193 cases, $50. 7-acre vineyard at 1,300 feet four miles from Pacific Ocean. · Rich cherry aromas with a little plum, rhubarb and sawdust. Darker stone fruits are featured with a charming earth and herbal note on the finish. Plenty of dirt here. The texture is plush with gossamer tannins. Alcohol is well-integrated. A clean, lingering finish draws you to another sip. Reviewed March 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Drew Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 187 cases, $50 (sold out, try www.wadeswines.com). Weir Vineyard is 15 acres which includes rare DRC and Rochioli selections. · Very enviable aromas of mineral-inflected black cherry fruit, strawberry and cookie dough. Highly likeable raspberry and strawberry fruit flavors with a glamorous fruity aftertaste accentuated with spice and a little white pepper. The fruity finish sneaks up and expands in the mouth over a minute - very sexy. The demure presentation of fruit is very attractive. I like this wine a lot and it is admirable for its perfect balance and purity. The best from this appellation I have ever sampled. Hock your kids for this one. Reviewed March 17, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Drew Fog-Eater Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 225 cases · Outrageous aromatics with bright cherries, cranberries and sandalwood notes. Luscious green tea and cherry jam on toast flavors with suede-like tannins on the persistent finish. A regal wine that is nicely balanced and complete. Reviewed June 3, 2007 ARTICLE »