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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 2014 vintage of Savoy Chardonnay marks a decade of working with these noble grapes. Comprised of 70% Wente and 30% Prosser, we continue to be impressed with the site expression, an extension of the interplay between these two clones.

The 2014 Radio-Coteau Savoy Chardonnay from Anderson Valley exhibit aromas and palate that belie its provenance. The combination of Wente and Prosser clones provide a fruit character depth not necessarily realized independently by each clone. Here they blend symbiotically to evoke tones of toasted honey crisp apple and baked pear. These fruit elements are countered by pineapple tropical tone and conclude with fresh cantaloupe. Above a modestly stated earthen minerality float tones of sweet baking spices, a light toast, and a nuttiness associated with almond skin. Finally a desirable richness akin to that of crème-fraîche rounds out the palate and the mouthfeel.

NEW RELEASE: FALL 2016

 

Savoy Chardonnay
GROWER:

Cliff Lede
APPELLATION:
Anderson Valley
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Northwest of Philo
VARIETAL:
Chardonnay
SELECTION:
Wente and Prosser
VINEYARD AGE:
Planted in 1991
SOIL TYPE:
Recent terrace deposits with river gravel
HARVEST DATE:
September 4th –6th
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED

 

VINOUS MEDIA, February 2016
93 points
“The 2014 Chardonnay Savoy is another exquisite wine from Radio-Coteau. Focused and nuanced, but with considerable depth and raciness, the 2014 is impeccably balanced. Scents of almond, chamomile and dried pear add aromatic lift. The wine's oily, viscous texture and layered fruit are incredibly inviting.”— Antonio Galloni


Savoy
 

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