2017 Drew "Mid-Elevation" Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

SKU #1390222 94 points Vinous

 The 2017 Pinot Noir Mid-Elevation is laced with bright, red/purplish berry fruit and sweet floral notes. It offers a striking combination of fruit richness and perfume, and silky tannins add to its considerable charms. (AG)  (5/2019)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "This deep mineral driven Pinot Noir hails from several midelevation vineyard sites, those in the 1200-1400 ft range within the Mendocino Ridge coastal viticultural growing area. The Mendocino Ridge is the most westward growing area in Mendocino County. These coastal sites are closer to the ocean and closer to the fog line, which is typically at 900- 1000 ft, providing persistent cooling during the growing season giving this wine darker fruit character along with taut acidity to align the gorgeous blue and dark red fruit tones along with conifer, forest fungi and quartz mineral notes to round out this gorgeous northern coastal expression."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2019 | Send Email
A big-time staff favorite here at K&L. This is very much on the elegant end of California Pinot Noir spectrum. It shows a lovely balance of bright fruit with savory forest nuances and umami character. Gentle extraction in the cellar keeps the wine delicate and vibrant on the palate. Super fine, satiny tannin, slate like minerals and dusty spices linger on the finish with more morel mushroom and leaf litter elements. Very complex and refined for a relatively inexpensive Pinot. Real class here.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this Pinot has loads of tart cherry, blackberry, a bit of a stemmy character, and great herbal notes. On the palate, I love the acidity of the dark fruit flavors which is accompanied by bay laurel, eucalyptus, and elegant minerality.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.3