On a stunning hillside vineyard located northwest of Philo, Savoy's Pinot Noir grapes develop intense flavor over a growing season lengthened by the cooling maritime influence that funnels through the Anderson Valley. A complex patchwork of clonal selections, each block is farmed to its own specific needs. Hand-picked at night and trucked to the cellar in the early morning allows for optimum handling and whole berry integrity. The 2014 Radio-Coteau Savoy Pinot Noir marks the thirteenth vintage of working with this special site in Anderson Valley. A structured vintage, we chose to barrel age the 2014 Savoy Anderson Valley Pinot Noir for 17 months, followed by an additional year of bottle age.

The 2014 Savoy Pinot Noir highlights what makes Anderson Valley Pinot and furthermore the Savoy vineyard so unique. The wine delicately balances fruit and earth components harmoniously. Red and black fruits of fresh, ripe black cherry, black plum, wild strawberry, and fresh blackberry roll out of the glass and onto the palate. An exotic dimension is added with the tone of Chinese five spice - namely anise and nutmeg - as well as other baking spices lent by the oak, while a lingering earthy aroma provides a tip of the cap to something decidedly more old world. The 2014 Savoy Pinot Noir has broad shoulders exhibiting moderate to full body with a roundness of texture. Well-integrated, dusty tannin with good acidity delivers a pinot that will continue to develop on the palate long after the last sip.

Spring 2017 Release

 

GROWER:
Cliff Lede
APPELLATION:
Anderson Valley, Mendocino
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Northwest of Philo
VARIETAL:
Pinot Noir
SELECTION:
Martini, Dijon 115, Pommard, Calera
VINEYARD AGE:
Planted in 1991, 1992 & 1996
SOIL TYPE:
Recent terrace deposits with river gravel
HARVEST DATE:
September 4th – 6th
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED

 
 

WINE & SPIRITS, August 2017
92 points
“Pulled between heady, almost grapey purple fruit and raw mineral force, this needs time in a decanter or some more time in bottle to show its more delciate side. As it takes on air, those stony tannins act as a cooling force on the fruit, bringing a black-plum freshness, redwood-bark savor and invigorating tension. For best results, age it for five or six years.” — Luke Sykora


VINOUS MEDIA, February 2016
(92–95) points
“The 2014 Pinot Noir Savoy is exquisite. Dark, powerful and concentrated because of the low yields that year, the 2014 exudes richness and intensity, within the context of the Radio-Coteau style, of course. Dark red cherry, plum, violet notes flesh out, but the Savoy stands out for its power and structure. The Savoy is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine.” — Antonio Galloni


THE WINE ADVOCATE #227, October 2016
“The 2014 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard comes from multiple Dijon clones as well as the Calera, Pommard and Martini selections, It is soft, juicy and elegant, with strawberry, cherry, blueberry and floral notes in a medium-bodied, drinkable and up-front style. This is reminiscent of a premier cru from the Côte de Beaune and should be consumed over the next 7-8 years.” — Robert M. Parker Jr.


 
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