Ferren is a winery dedicated to tiny lots of artisanally made single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot noir wines from the far Sonoma Coast of California. Each of the vineyards in the portfolio is a jewel of the true Coast, has been hand picked based on its potential for producing profound, age-worth wines, and is farmed to the highest standards of sustainability and wine quality.
Winemaker Matt Courtney founded Ferren with longtime friend David Wherritt after an eight-year apprenticeship with Helen Turley at Marcassin Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. The wines are made using traditional Burgundian methods without fining or filtration, and fermentations are carried out exclusively by native flora that arrive on the grapes from the vineyards.
SILVER EAGLE VINEYARD
Silver Eagle Vineyard rests atop Stoetz Ridge, the land mass that divides the remote Sonoma Coast from the Russian River Valley. This vineyard experiences both the cooling ocean breezes of the nearby Pacific, as well as the warmth of the interior valley. The wine made from this unique confluence of climates is extraordinary: the Pinot noir a rare balance of explosive wild berry, mouth-watering acidity, and rich, polished tannins; the Chardonnay a fascinating juxtaposition of briny minerality and candied citrus.
Our brilliant vineyard manager Ulises Valdez owns this vineyard, and has built his home on this spectacular site.
"...For the past decade, Chardonnay has followed a similar path as its Burgundy companion Pinot Noir, with a focus on cooler-climate sites and a more distinctive sense of place. Newcomers such as Ferren and reboots such as Arista typify this trend. Former Marcassin winemaker Matt Courtney is overseeing the style for both wineries, producing a handful of single-vineyard bottlings at each estate, including the Ferren Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Silver Eagle Vineyard 2013 (94, $75) and Arista Chardonnay Russian River Valley Ritchie Vineyard 2013 (94, $60)..."
- Wine Spectator (July 31st 2016)