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The concept of The Gatekeepers has always been about synergizing two excellent but markedly different sites from opposite sides of a single appellation. In this case, the appellation is the very exciting Mendocino Ridge AVA. Both vineyards qualify to be in the Mendocino Ridge as they are both ridge-top vineyards above the minimum 1,200 ft. requirement and are both less than 10 miles from the ocean. In other words both sites receive lots of wind and cool sunshine hours. As the fog typically sits at the 800ft level, any vineyards above that line receive more sunlight hours, yet those hours are cooler from the natural air conditioning of the fog. These two stellar vineyards include Manchester Ridge Vineyard and Perli Vineyard, both absolutely worthy of single vineyard designates but when they meet, they elevate each other in an undeniable marriage.
There are too many words to describe this wine here but just think along the lines of these few descriptors and not in any special order: Rose stems, sandal wood, quince, pomegranates, cherry gelato, minerals, red pepper corns, carpaccio, a newly cut dozen roses, hints of fresh spearmint…. The flavors are lively with floral notes, wild red fruits, spice and sweet earth. The tannins and acid are very much in line with classic fruit weight. An elegant high altitude, coastal Pinot Noir!
Only 450 cases produced
"Deep ruby. Deeply pitched aromas and flavors of cherry, dark berries and red plum. Suave and velvety on entry but surprisingly lively, displaying bright red and dark berry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. The structured finish features good peppery lift and subtle notes of mint and anise. I like the way this wine evolves in the glass. "
International Wine Cellar
"Jason Drew sources fruit for this wine from two vineyards, Perli and Manchester Ridge. It leads off with scents of rose and raspberry, along with an undertone of walnuts and pumpkin. Full ripeness builds the richness and sweetness of the flavor, while tannins hold that sweetness in check. Full-bore pinot noir, this is built for steak."
Wine & Spirits
Jason Drew began his winemaking odyssey in 1980, when he helped plant his uncle"s vineyard in the Stag"s Leap District of Napa Valley. Jason then pursued an education based on the land - in Agricultural Ecology, Viticulture and Enology. A passion and philosophy grew during the early years, when Jason managed world-class vineyards in Northern California.
2004 was a milestone year...Read More About Drew
Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different - both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
Mendocino...Read More About North Coast
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...Read More About Pinot Noir
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