Drew Family Cellars Valenti Ranch Pinot Noir (2019)
The Valenti Ranch sits at 1300-1450 ft and six miles from the ocean along the Greenwood Ridge. This mostly east facing vineyard is a no till vineyard and is farmed to the organic standard. We have been working with this 24 year old vineyard for 16 years. We grafted an acre and a half over to a Rochioli field selection in 2012. This 2019 vintage includes the Dijon 667, 828, Pommard and the section of Rochioli. Black cherry, exotic tea and forest mushrooms on the nose , on the palate there’s cranberry and pomegranate along with black chanterelles and fir tips with bright acidity providing a long and lifted finish. We are loving the ethereal qualities of this 2019 vintage. Simply a stunner vintage not to miss. Pair with chicken slow cooked in savory spices and roasted root vegetables or a creamy mushroom risotto.
This tempting, trim wine is alive with red-cherry, rhubarb and raspberry flavors that hold back a bit on ripeness but offer a palate-tingling vibrancy and great balance. Because of its tempting restraint yet good focus and linger finish, it keeps calling for another sip. Best from 2024.
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