Sonoma Coast, California
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 Ferren works with is a jewel of the true Coast, has been hand picked based on its potential for producing profound, age-worthy wines, and is farmed to the highest standards of sustainability and wine quality. 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.
Ferren’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a barrel select blend of all all the single vineyard Chardonnays. No less astounding in texture, depth or acidity, it is simply barrels that offer more in their youth and the tiniest touch less oak.
A briny and and tense expression of Chardonnay from Stoetz Ridge, straddling the border between the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast.
Located near the village of Graton in the rolling hills south of the Russian River, Frei Road Vineyard produces a wine of great complexity, tension, and minerality.
Matt Courtney is probably better known for his day job making the show stopping wines at Arista or for his 8 year stint training under Helen Turley at Marcassin. He has been raising eyebrows for a few years now with the start of his own label, Ferren. As a philosophy student-turned-sommelier, he fell in love with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and has spent the last 16 years finding his voice in winemaking. In 2013, Matt partnered with his longtime friend David Wherritt and the late grower Ulises Valdez to produce a small handful of wines from the Sonoma Coast that focus on small quantities at the highest possible quality level. Native yeasts, high acid, and minimal oak belie the gorgeous ripeness and lush texture of his wines.