This wine is the inaugural bottling of FEL’s Savoy Vineyard Heritage Clones. We were inspired to craft this blend because of the striking nature of the younger plantings of California “heritage clones” at Savoy, including Calera, Martini, Swan, and Mt. Eden clones. The fruit is bright and delicate, a wonderful new take on the vineyard we typically associate with more spice and savory elements. Pomegranate and persimmon fill the nose, and the palate is polished and delicate, with fine tannin and a hint of dark chocolate on the finish. The absence of new oak in this blend showcases the bold yet refined primary characters of these excellent blocks of our estate.
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 elegant flavor profile and silky tannins. This blend is a barrel selection from subsections of the vineyard that showcase the most striking qualities of California’s heritage clones. The 2019 Heritage Clones is made up of five barrels of young Calera and one barrel of young Martini.
The fruit was picked on September 3rd and 4th at 24° Brix. It then went through a three-day cold soak at 50°F and a seven-day primary fermentation, peaking around 90°F and barreled down at sugar dryness.
This wine is the inaugural bottling of FEL’s Savoy Vineyard Heritage Clones. We were inspired to craft
143 cases produced