Mike Drash grew up in Memphis, TN on a farm. After graduating from (a small) college in Memphis he moved to Florida where he found his love for food and wine. With the encouragement of a friend he moved to California and landed a job at a Russian River Valley winery as a cellar rat. After lots of trials and learning from the best he was named assistant winemaker at Far Niente. In 2003 he became the winemaker at Luna where a worked with John Kongsgaard and learned and embraced minimalist winemaking techniques. In 2009 he started his own label (named after his daughter) and the rest, as they say, is history.
Tallulah 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon MD1
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Hailing from the base of Howell Mountain, this Grand Cru vineyard is one of the finest vineyard sources in Napa. On a severely sloping vineyard facing due west this big, rich, bold wine shows of its brilliance with gorgeous depth and finesse. The hue is dark and intense. On the nose you are greeted by dark black stone fruit with a whiff of dust, chocolate, anise and good dose of balanced spiciness. On the palate, this bold youngster shows its true character when you encounter the well-balanced fruit and acid ratios and a richly textured body. The wine is long and intense. This is NOT a Dunn-like wine, but I would suggest decanting it and letting it breathe for an hour of two. Hurry up, as only 126 cases of this gem were crafted!