2018 FEL Pinot Noir, Wendling Vineyard
Wendling is a meticulously farmed vineyard and produces wines of great depth and concentration.
sixteen months in 60-gallon French oak barrels, 28% of which were new. Coopers include Sirugue and Quintessence.
February 28, 2020
Wendling Vineyard is owned and farmed by Paul Ardzrooni, whose vineyard management company farms many of the most acclaimed vineyards in Anderson Valley including the Savoy Vineyard. Located in the deepest end of the “Deep End,” Wendling is the last vineyard before the valley closes and the Navarro River meanders a last few miles to the Mendocino Coast. Perched on a steep east facing hillside that protects the vines from the relentless cooling of the ocean’s onshore. This wine is made of a blend of clones including several Dijon selections, Pommard, and a Selection Massale of cuttings recently brought over from Burgundy.
The fruit was harvested on September 28th at an average of 24.8° Brix. It then went through a five-day cold soak at 50°F, a nine-day primary fermentation, peaking between 90 and 94°F, and a five-day extended maceration.
Wendling Pinot Noir is a lovely blend of dark fruit aromatics: blackberry, date, and cassis. The palate has excellent texture and weight, with velvety tannins and considerable power, brightened by spicy cinnamon, cacao, and truffle. - Ryan Hodgins, Winemaker