2019 FEL Chardonnay, Savoy Vineyard
A consistent benchmark for great California Chardonnay, our flagship Chardonnay from Savoy Vineyard is a beautiful wine full of complexity and nuance.
aged sur lie for 18 months.
February 23, 2021
Our estate, 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 balance, acidity and elegant flavor profile. This wine is made of a blend of Wente and Prosser clonal selections.
The fruit was harvested on September 17th and 18th at an average of 23.4° Brix and whole-cluster pressed to tank and settled for 24 hours. Fermentation occurred in 45% new 500-liter French oak puncheons.
The nose has pronounced aromas of orange blossom, lemon peel, and struck flint that give way to notes of Anjou pear and toasted coconut. Flavors of Meyer lemon, kiwi, and lime zest fill the mouth, while hints of brioche intrigue the palate. The bright acidity keeps the finish long and clean. - Ryan Hodgins, Winemaker