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FEL Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard 2015

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Price: $79.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

97 Points
“Sleek, vivid and sophisticated, this wine wows with fresh, concentrated tones. There's a sense of taut balance between acidity and ripeness, with a laser focus of raspberry, cherry and strawberry flavors that extend the finish for minutes. This great wine from a celebrated vineyard is an excellent choice for the cellar. Cellar Selection.” - Wine Enthusiast (6/18)

BACKGROUND
The FEL project was launched in March 2014. It is the brainchild of Cliff Lede, whose legendary Napa Valley wines have gained many head spinning accolades including 100-point Cabernets under the winemaking of Christopher Tynan. FEL represents Lede’s foray outside of Napa’s welcoming confines and into the cooler climate areas of California, and is underlaid by a personal passion: FEL is so named for Cliff’s mother Francis Elsie Lede, who helped kindle his love of wine as a child. The new winery was years in the making, getting its start when Lede acquired Sonoma’s Breggo Cellars in 2009, where FEL’s current winemaker Ryan Hodgins worked. Lede’s vision for FEL was to focus on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris from the cooler Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast subregions of Sonoma County, where proximity to the Pacific Ocean keeps temperatures in check and allows for slower, more even grape ripening.

Richard Savoy chose to plant his vineyard on sloping terrain near Philo, in the cooler northwest end of Anderson Valley. In the process, he pioneered vineyard practices that are now standard procedure, like close spacing of the vines and the use of diverse clones from Dijon and California that increase the quality and complexity of Pinot Noir wines produced from here. The site’s reputation matured along with the vines, and today, if Savoy Vineyard appears on a label, it’s almost a guarantee of quality. The all-star cast of wineries that use its grapes include Failla, Littorai, Peay, Radio Coteau and WALT, as well as FEL, the winery that has owned the property since 2011.
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*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

97 Points
“Sleek, vivid and sophisticated, this wine wows with fresh, concentrated tones. There's a sense of taut balance between acidity and ripeness, with a laser focus of raspberry, cherry and strawberry flavors that extend the finish for minutes. This great wine from a celebrated vineyard is an excellent choice for the cellar. Cellar Selection.” - Wine Enthusiast (6/18)

BACKGROUND
The FEL project was launched in March 2014. It is the brainchild of Cliff Lede, whose legendary Napa Valley wines have gained many head spinning accolades including 100-point Cabernets under the winemaking of Christopher Tynan. FEL represents Lede’s foray outside of Napa’s welcoming confines and into the cooler climate areas of California, and is underlaid by a personal passion: FEL is so named for Cliff’s mother Francis Elsie Lede, who helped kindle his love of wine as a child. The new winery was years in the making, getting its start when Lede acquired Sonoma’s Breggo Cellars in 2009, where FEL’s current winemaker Ryan Hodgins worked. Lede’s vision for FEL was to focus on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris from the cooler Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast subregions of Sonoma County, where proximity to the Pacific Ocean keeps temperatures in check and allows for slower, more even grape ripening.

Richard Savoy chose to plant his vineyard on sloping terrain near Philo, in the cooler northwest end of Anderson Valley. In the process, he pioneered vineyard practices that are now standard procedure, like close spacing of the vines and the use of diverse clones from Dijon and California that increase the quality and complexity of Pinot Noir wines produced from here. The site’s reputation matured along with the vines, and today, if Savoy Vineyard appears on a label, it’s almost a guarantee of quality. The all-star cast of wineries that use its grapes include Failla, Littorai, Peay, Radio Coteau and WALT, as well as FEL, the winery that has owned the property since 2011.

Winery FEL Wines

Vineyard Designate Savoy

AVA Anderson Valley

Region Anderson Valley