2021 FEL Pinot Noir, Savoy Vineyard, Anderson Valley
Savoy Pinot Noir is always a mouth-filling wine with great depth and texture and in the 2021 bottling, the flavors are exceptionally intense.
Sixteen months in French Oak
Savoy Vineyard, long recognized as a benchmark vineyard in Anderson Valley, is located in the “Deep End” of the valley, west of the town of Philo. The maritime influence and moderate daytime temperatures contribute to the wine’s elegant flavor profile and silky tannins. This blend represents the confluence of two eras of Savoy Pinot Noir – the original, mature blocks of Dijon clones 115 and 114, and the younger plantings of California “heritage clones,” including Martini, Calera, Swan and Mt. Eden.
The grapes were harvested in two picks on September 6th and 10th at an average of 23.6° Brix. After a three-day cold soak at 50°F and seven-day primary fermentation peaking at 90°F, the grapes were pressed promptly at the conclusion of primary fermentation. The wine was aged sixteen months in 60-gallon French oak barrels.
Of all the vineyards in Anderson Valley, Savoy is consistently the most savory. The aromatics are an intriguing blend of black tea, cedar, and rose all wrapped around an intense core of black cherry. As the wine develops in the glass, it unfolds with blackberry, plum, and caraway. Savoy Pinot Noir is always a mouth-filling wine with great depth and texture and in the 2021 bottling, the flavors are exceptionally intense.