2013 Pinot Noir, Savoy Vineyard

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2013 Pinot Noir, Savoy Vineyard

FEL Wines produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris grown in the Anderson Valley and on the Sonoma Coast. These cool climate regions are known for producing wines of bright acidity and considerable complexity. Crafted by Winemaker Ryan Hodgins, FEL bottlings consistently offer the elusive combination of concentration and elegance.

Vintage

While 2013 will be remembered in the history books as California’s driest year on record to date, the heavy rains of December 2012 filled the ponds and recharged the soil allowing the 2013 vintage to proceed largely unaffected by the drought. Indeed, the 2013 growing season was nearly perfect and looks to rival the much heralded 2012 vintage. For the second consecutive year the Savoy Pinot Noir vines set a bountiful crop that required intensive thinning to ensure even ripening and flavor development. The consistently warm summer led to an early start to harvest in vineyards around Boonville, but a cool second half of September resulted in a leisurely harvest that extended into mid-October.

Vineyards

Our Savoy Pinot Noir is made of a blend of clones including several Dijon selections, Pommard, Martini, and Calera from our estate Savoy Vineyard near the town of Philo in the Anderson Valley Appellation.

Winemaking

The fruit was harvested September 17 through October 14 at an average of 24.2° Brix. It then went through a seven day cold soak at 50°F, a nine day uninoculated primary fermentation peaking between 90 and 94°F, and a seven to fourteen day extended maceration. The wine was aged fifteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels, 59% of which were new. Coopers include Cadus, Damy, Rousseau, François Frères and Sirugue.

Winemaker Notes

Of all the vineyards we work with in Anderson Valley, Savoy is consistently the most savory. The aromatics are an intriguing blend of black tea, cedar, and sage all wrapped around an intense core of black cherry. As the wine develops in the glass, hints of blackberry, plum, and caraway begin to unfold. Savoy Pinot Noir is always a mouth filling wine with great depth and texture, and in 2013 the flavors were exceptionally intense.

Analysis

Alcohol: 14.4%
Production: 605 cases
Bottling Date: January 14, 2015
Release Date: October 1, 2015

Retail Price

$70 per bottle (750ml)

Vineyard: Savoy Estate Vineyard