2010 Drew Family Vineyards, Pinot Noir “Morning Dew Ranch Vineyard” Anderson Valley.
Bert Williams, former Williams Seylem legend, owns and farms Morning Dew Ranch in the Anderson Valley and sells grapes and is making a little wine as well, but it is Jason Drew of Drew Family Vineyards that has made what is so far the best Pinot from this site in my opinion. After tasting a few others over the past two years, this 2010 Drew Morning Dew is the only one that really wowed me with it’s structure, texture and length, this is the real deal and will certainly get even better in the bottle over the next couple of years. Like Copain, the Drew wines have evolved in the last three years and I think have found a remarkable niche and style that should serve them well in the future and I was left very impressed after tasting the the 2009 and 2010 releases from Jason and Molly Drew, especially this Morning Dew and the 2010 Gatekeepers Pinot. While 2010 was difficult in a way, much like what Burgundy has to deal with every other vintage or so, it has really given some amazing wines, even if they are lighter and more delicate than we are used to in California, especially in the Sonoma and Anderson Valley. These wines show a lively vigor and elegant nature that has really caught on with the younger generation and the born again Burgundy lovers. The 2010 Drew Morning Dew Ranch sparkles with fresh acidity and rose petal perfume before a taught palate of cherry, raspberry and plum fruit with zesty lavender, tea spices and soft wood notes. The wine really picks it up a notch after gaining some air time and decanting brings it all out and gives stunning length and detail, this is a class act.
($50 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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