The Wendling Vineyard holds the distinction of the most north westerly site in the Anderson Valley appellation. Sitting in the deepest end of the valley on a 450ft slope with superior drainage; there are three soil types, namely Ornbaun, Wolfey and Bearwallow complexes. These well drained hillside soils along with the cooler coastal temperatures provide for low to moderate yields, giving a darker and intensely structured Pinot Noir. Dark red and blue fruit notes with black trumpet mushroom and sage. The mineral notes and firm acidity scream coastal hillside vineyard. This 11 year old vineyard was planted to several exciting suitcase selections and Dijon clones. Our sections include an alleged DRC and La Tache Selection. We consider the Wendling Vineyard one of a handful of "Grand Cru" sites in the Anderson Valley. We recommend giving this bottling the cellar time required for it to reach its full potential. Pair with wild mushroom risotto or a classic cassoulet.
"The 2018 Pinot Noir Wendling Vineyard has so much to offer. I imagine it will be even better and more expressive with a bit more time in bottle. Rose petals, blood orange, mid and bright red fruit all run through this wonderfully detailed chiseled Pinot. Jason Drew's Wendling Pinot is one of the most ethereal wines I have tasted from this Anderson Valley site." Antonio Galloni~ Vinous 94 Pts
Wine & Spirits Magazine 95 Pts "This is a dynamic wine, offering up its pleasures now as it will for years to come." Editor Joshua Greene
International Wine Review 96 Pts "Brilliant Winemaking"
Purely Domestic Wine Report 95 Pts
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Soils: Bearwallow, Ornbaun & Wolfey
Fermentation: 100% Native Yeast 45% Whole cluster
Gravity Racked Twice
Oak: 25% New French Oak
Selection: DRC & La Tache
Elevage: 11 months in barrel
13.3 % Alc