Somm Select: “Syrah cuttings from Jean-Louis Chave’s Hermitage vines, extraordinarily high elevations in Mendocino Ridge, and a whole-cluster, minimal intervention upbringing in old French oak. This is Drew Family Cellars, and they’re among my favorite up-and-comers in all of California. Few producers outside of the Northern Rhône are capable of capturing the most authentic and alluring expression of Syrah—one of these rare artisans is Drew Family Cellars in Mendocino. Although not yet a household name, I consider Jason Drew one of the most gifted winemakers in California: He has consistently proven to be a reliable blue-chip source for some of the finest and most site-transparent wines from the high-elevation, coastal-influenced Mendocino Ridge. Each wine I’ve tasted pushes the limits of precision, detail, and finesse but his Syrahs always seem to steal the show. ”
Winery Notes: “We combine both the Valenti Ranch, a one acre block of a Chave selection interplanted with both Grenache and Mourvedre, with McDowell and 877 from the Perli Vineyard. While this blend doesn’t play along with the rules of traditional GSM blends; this one is leaning considerably more in the Syrah direction and the Grenache and Mourvedre play more a seasoning role. The field planting from Valenti Ranch is picked all at once and vinified together along with a touch of Viognier for some aromatic lift. The McDowell and 877 from the Perli are blended in later. The fermentation was 100% native yeast using 100% whole clusters. The end result is a cool climate blend showing black and red fruits, crushed pepper, cured meat, orange peel, sage and a touch of floral violet. A lean cool climate blend showcasing the Mendocino Ridge coastal Blend: 85% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre 5% Grenache, 5% Viognier
FMW 95 Points: “A very impressive wine right out of the starting gate. On the nose and palate you’ll encounter ginger-spice,violet, lush blueberries, a touch of licorice and dark chocolate. This wine is loaded with bold flavors, and offers a well-balanced medium to full body that is both silky and polished in texture. The finish is long with silky tannins. The 2019 Drew is a blend of 85% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre 5% Grenache, 5% Viognier.