Jason and Molly Drew started Drew eighteen years ago with a clear
goal in mind: to craft small lot coastal wines that express site
specificity and traditional varietal character. While the beginnings of
Drew began in the Santa Rita Hills AVA in 2000, they transplanted
their small operation to the Mendocino Coast in 2005 to establish
their estate ranch and winery.
In 2004 they had stumbled upon an old 26-acre apple orchard for
sale within the Mendocino Ridge Appellation. The Mendocino Ridge
is the most westernmost AVA within Mendocino County located
directly west and south west of Anderson Valley and directly north of
the true Sonoma Coast. While others saw a daunting project in this
old orchard property, Jason and Molly saw ancient oceanic soils,
south facing slopes and a true coastal climate, with the ocean a
mere 3.3 miles away. It didn’t take long for them to decide to leap
and leap they did.
They spent the following year drawing, planning and building their
boutique winery. Spending that year living in a 19 ft Airstream trailer
along with their two young boys, to ensure construction moved as
planned. They eventually planted their 7-acre estate Pinot Noir
vineyard, which produced its first crop in 2014. A milestone that was
hard earned after 25 years in the wine industry. Jason is a true
craftsman of his trade having spent many years honing his craft
with his viticultural and winemaking background, having worked for
several northern and central California estate winery and vineyards.
Drew continues to focus on small lot coastal Pinot Noir and Syrah
from both Anderson Valley and the Mendocino Ridge. They
continue their long-standing partnerships with several local vineyard
growers who share their passion for sustainable and meticulous
farming practices. Single vineyard sources are chosen for their
climate, clonal selection and complexity of soil type. Winemaking
practices remain focused on traditional methods that include whole
cluster and native yeast fermentations, hand punchdowns and in
most instances, no fining or filtering.
Pinot Noir Mid Elevations, Drew, Mendocino Far Cost
The 2017 Pinot Noir Mid–Elevation is laced with bright, red/purplish berry fruit and sweet floral notes.
It offers a strikingcombination of fruit richness and perfume, and silky tannins add to its considerable charms.
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