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 team managing the Savoy vineyard must be commended for the 2012 vintage. With great execution, we received impeccable fruit, allowing us to craft a balanced and noble expression of this site.
The 2012 Savoy has a crimson core and cherry red rim. The nose starts with rose petal, damp earth, savory herbs, sandalwood, chocolate and coffee, which slowly evolves to fruit essence. Vibrant acidity and elegant tannins support the complexity carrying over from the nose onto the palate. The finish brings strawberry preserves mingled with citrus zest and spices. Drinking gracefully in the present, yet patience cellaring will be rewarded.
Released: Fall 2014
Anderson Valley, Mendocino
Northwest of Philo
Pommard, Dijon 115, Martini, Calera
Planted in 1991, 1992 & 1996
Recent terrace deposits with river gravel
September 20th – 30th
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED
THE WINE ADVOCATE #216, December 2014
“The 2012s include a beautiful 2012 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard. It displays notes of blueberries, raspberries and spring flowers along with impressive fruit purity, medium body and good underlying acidity. It was aged in 50% new French oak for 17 months prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Drink now-2019.”
— Robert M. Parker Parker Jr.
INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR,
VINOUS MEDIA, February 2014
“Ruby-red. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes cherry liqueur, woodsmoke and potpourri, with suave vanilla and mocha qualities adding depth. Juicy, sharply focused cherry and black raspberry flavors show wonderful intensity and become spicier with air. Finishes with intense minerality and outstanding length, leaving bitter cherry and floral pastille notes behind.” — Josh Raynolds
(92-94) points *barrel sample*
“Clarity, nuance and delineation are some of the hallmarks of the 2012 Pinot Noir Savoy. Silky tannins support expressive sweet red berries, freshly cut flowers, mint and cinnamon. Soft and textured, the 2012 impresses for its persistence and overall balance. This is another drop-dead gorgeous beauty from Radio-Coteau.” — Antonio Galloni
THE WINE ADVOCATE #210, December 2013
(90–92) points *barrel sample*
“The 2012 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard includes the highest percentage of whole clusters (18%), and was made from the old California clones of Martini and Calera as well as Dijon clone 115 and the popular Pommard clone used in Oregon. Its dark ruby color is followed by an elegant bouquet of sweet berry fruit intermixed with unsmoked cigar tobacco and wet gravel. With burgeoning complexity and abundant minerality, it should drink well for 5-7 years.”
— Robert M. Parker Parker Jr.