2016 Syrah

Valenti Ranch, Mendocino Ridge, CA

  • Producer

    Drew Family Wines

  • What we love

    Valenti Ranch, an east-facing ridge six miles from the Pacific, consistently grows some of California’s best Syrahs. A wine of real character and pedigree, the 2016 Valenti Ranch Syrah from Jason Drew bristles with nuance and energy. A classic cool-climate Syrah, with distinctive cracked pepper notes, blue and black fruits, game, black tea and licorice give the 2016 a striking aromatic upper register to match its focused, mid-weight personality. This is an especially chiseled style, and it all works so well.

$50.00

About this Wine

Six miles from the ocean on a mid-elevation windswept east facing ridge at 1,300 -1400 feet, the Valenti Ranch produces a distinctive cool climate Syrah. The constant maritime winds coupled with thin marginal soils of oceanic sedimentary origins, lends itself to naturally lower yields. This translates into greater intensity at lower sugar levels and proper acid structure. Winemaker and owner Jason Drew has worked with this vineyard for 13 years now and continues to farm it according to the organic standard.

95 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine

94 points, Robert Parker

 

Technical Data:

  • 100% Syrah
  • Alcohol: 13.0%
  • Winemaking: Fermented with native yeasts and 25% whole cluster. Barrel aged in neutral oak of 15 months.
  • Drink now through 2028

Jason Drew

Owner + Winemaker


Jason and Molly Drew started Drew Family Wines 18 years ago with a clear goal in mind: to craft small lot coastal wines that express site specificity and traditional varietal character.

Drew is now one of the hottest wineries in California with Jason Drew making some of the best wines in Mendocino County. For his sourced fruit, he has long standing partnerships with several local vineyard growers who share his 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 no fining or filtering.

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