Drew Family Cellars
- Mendocino, California, United States
Their wines have become some of Anderson Valley’s most restrained and potentially long-lived specimens, reminiscent of old Littorai and Williams Selyem from the 1990’s… In an era when Anderson Valley has chased the stylistic lure of Big Flavor, Drew is a beautiful reminder of its roots.” –Jon Bonné, New California
Jason and Molly Drew started Drew in 2000 with a clear pursuit in mind: to craft cool climate wines that express site distinction and traditional varietal character. Their moment came when they stumbled upon an old 26 acre apple orchard within the Mendocino Ridge Appellation. While others saw a daunting project in this old forgotten orchard, Jason and Molly saw ancient oceanic soils, south facing slopes that sit just above the fogline and a true coastal climate, with the ocean a mere 3 miles away. They took the leap and the Drew estate winery at Faîte De Mer Farm was born.
The eight acre estate vineyard was planted to a collection of California heritage field selections and several Dijon clones of Pinot Noir. Additionally, two acres of Chardonnay were added along with a small truffle orchard to accompany the remaining 14 acre apple orchard. Faîte De Mer Farm is certified organic, continuing a 30-plus year tradition of organic farming on this site.
While Faîte De Mer Farm remains their passionate focus, they also hold several Anderson Valley & Mendocino Ridge sites in high esteem. Single vineyard sources are chosen for their climate, clonal selection and complexity of soil type as well as a commitment to meticulous and sustainable farming practices. Winemaking practices remain focused on traditional methods that include whole cluster and native yeast fermentations, hand punch-downs and in most instances, no fining or filtering.