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Savoy Pick

Burgundy has proven that quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can be grown in the same soil, Corton hill being the classic example. Wines from this special place inspired our decision to make Chardonnay from the Savoy Vineyard, whose soil and climate are also ideal for both Burgundian varietals. The 2013 vintage was an exemplary year for Savoy, both in white and red grapes. Gracefully powerful, the 2013 Savoy Chardonnay is dominated by the mineral-driven Wente clone and rounded out by the Prosser. Barrel aged for 12 months, this wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered in November 2014.

The 2013 Savoy Anderson Valley Chardonnay is light straw in color. Simultaneously driven by its fruit and mineral character, notes of lemon rind, fresh grapefruit, and ripe pear can initially be picked out on the nose along with a slight flintiness. While the fruit tones remain on the palette, the mineral flintiness gives way to chalkiness, adding to the complexity. Additional elements of citrus blossom, white pepper and parsley round out the nose and palette of this wine, lending it to pair gracefully with fresh, simple ingredients. Drinking well in the present yet will reward a patient cellarer.

RELEASED: Spring 2015


Savoy Chardonnay

Cliff Lede
Anderson Valley, Mendocino
Northwest of Philo
Wente and Prosser
Planted in 1991
Recent terrace deposits with river gravel
September 11th –16th


THE WINE ADVOCATE, #221, October 2015
93 points
“The 2013 Chardonnay Savoy, which is organically farmed, is a blend of mostly Old Wente clones, with some of the Prosser clone material that one sees farther north in Washington State more than California. This wine shows loads of minerality and an almost grand cru Chablis-like citrus and floral character, medium to full body, great acidity and low levels of oak, which seems to be pushed completely to the background. This wine should drink well for 5-7 years.” —Robert M. Parker Jr

VINOUS MEDIA, January 2015
92 points
“Much more direct than the Wingtine, the 2013 Chardonnay Savoy is decidedly powerful and intense, with a firm structural backbone and plenty of energy. White and yellow stone fruits, orange blossoms and mint wrap around the deep finish.”— Antonio Galloni

THE WINE ADVOCATE, #216, December 2014
(91–93) points *barrel sample*
“The 2013 Chardonnay Savoy Vineyard was made from Old Wente and Prosser clones, the latter commonly found in Washington state more than California. It exhibits a Corton-Charlemagne-like perfume of pears, pineapples and wet rocks, medium body, crisp acids and pineapple and applebutter flavors. Medium-bodied, refreshing and zesty, it should drink well for 5-6 years.” —Robert M. Parker Jr

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