2018 FEL Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, 1.5L
Hints of Spanish Cedar and cloves add further spice, while black cherry, the signature fruit of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, provides the backbone.
The wine was aged sixteen months in 60-gallon French oak barrels, 38% of which were new.
February 20, 2018
The grapes were sourced from some of the premier vineyards in the Anderson Valley, including the expressive Ferrington and Donnelly Creek vineyards, both located outside the town of Boonville, as well as our benchmark estate Savoy Vineyard. This wine is 100% Pinot Noir, made of a blend of select clones including Pommard, Mt. Eden, Martini and Dijon.
The fruit was harvested September 10th through October 11th at an average of 24.3° Brix. It then went through a five to seven-day cold soak at 55°F, a nine-day primary fermentation peaking at 88-92°F, and a three-day extended maceration. The wine was aged sixteen months in 60-gallon French oak barrels, 38% of which were new. Coopers include Cadus, Rousseau, Atelier, Quintessence, Tremeaux, and Sirugue.
The 2018 vintage turned up the amplitude on our Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, it is a surprisingly intense wine that retains its elegance and delicacy. The aromatics are dominated by dark flavors of Earl Grey tea, cassis, black licorice, and ganache. Hints of Spanish Cedar and cloves add further spice, while black cherry, the signature fruit of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, provides the backbone. In the mouth, layers of spice and fruit continue with flavors of blood orange, pomegranate, persimmon, and more black cherry mingle with notes of black tea, dark chocolate, and anis. The bright acid and silky tannins give the wine a fresh vibrancy.