2014 Chardonnay, Savoy Vineyard

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Wine Notes
2014 Chardonnay, 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

Harvest came early to the Anderson Valley in 2014. A warm, early spring led to bud break in March, several weeks early. Spring turned into summer with consistently warm weather, and the vines’ maturity progressed quickly. Veraison, the changing of color and softening of the berries, began in mid-July. The first two weeks of September were quite pleasant, without any heat spikes, allowing us to pick the grapes as the flavors developed without concern of over-ripeness. While the condensed harvest led to long days in the winery, the resulting wines show a finesse and balance found only in the greatest vintages.

Vineyards

This wine is made of a blend of Wente and Prosser clonal selections from our estate Savoy Vineyard, near the town of Philo in the Anderson Valley Appellation.

Winemaking

The fruit was harvested on September 8th and 17th at an average of 23.9° Brix, then whole cluster pressed to tank and settled for 24 hours. Fermentation occurred in 40% new French oak barrels, and the wine was aged sur lie for fifteen months.

Winemaker Notes

The aromatics of this striking Chardonnay draw from the clonal selections grown at the Savoy Vineyard. Wente clone Chardonnay provides distinct notes of Meyer lemon and white pineapple. The Prosser clone, which when grown in Anderson Valley’s very cool climate, contributes notes of Bartlett pear, quince, and verbena. The wine’s abundant acidity is nicely complemented by the richness imparted by sur lie aging which adds notes of brioche, struck flint, and lemon curd.

Analysis

Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 270 cases
Bottling Date: March 16, 2016
Release Date: October 1, 2016

Retail Price

$48 per bottle (750ml)

Vineyard: Savoy Estate Vineyard