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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. Maintaining a mineral focus, the clonal breakdown of the 2012 Savoy Anderson Valley Chardonnay is 75% Wente and 25% Prosser. Whole-cluster pressing, native primary and secondary fermentations, minimal lees stirring, and aged 13 months in 30% new tight-grain French oak, followed by a careful racking, the 2012 entered the bottle unfined and unfiltered.

The 2012 Savoy Chardonnay is a green tinged golden straw color. The nose is a complex mélange of poached pear, clove, vanilla and various lemon notes (candied, preserved, zest and lemon curd). There is also a tropical flower note, Gardenia maybe, and salty-mineral notes. The ripeness of the nose seems to fluctuate from tropical flowers and tropical fruit to green apple and citrus. The palate comes like a tidal wave. Big fruit flavors and crisp acidity all wrapped up in an unctuous texture. The palate is mouth coating and rich but not cloying. The citrus notes, the acidity and the mineral vein of the wine push the flavors through to the clean and bright finish.

Released: Spring 2014


Savoy Chardonnay

Cliff Lede
Anderson Valley, Mendocino
Northwest of Philo
Wente and Prosser
Planted in 1991
Recent terrace deposits with river gravel
October 7th



May/June 2014
93 points
“Green-tinged gold. Intensely perfumed aromas of white peach, lemon curd, iodine and white flowers, with a potent mineral quality adding lift. Offers palate-staining orchard and pit fruit flavors and a smoky mineral undercurrent that gains power with aeration. A leesy nuance adds depth to the finish, which clings with outstanding tenacity and alluring spiciness. ”— Josh Raynolds

VINOUS MEDIA, February 2014
92 points
“The 2012 Chardonnay Savoy is deep, rich and powerful, with plenty of underlying tension, focus and minerality. Lemon peel, grapefruit and slate meld together gracefully. The 2012 could use another year in bottle to soften, as it is quite tightly wound at this stage. Still, there is a lot to look forward to here. The 2012 spent 13 months on its lees (with no stirring) and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. ” — Antonio Galloni

THE WINE ADVOCATE #210, December 2013
(92-95) points
“The 2012 Chardonnay Savoy Vineyard is made primarily from the Old Wente clone of Chardonnay, but 30% comes from the Prosser clone, which is largely seen in Washington State rather than California. A lovely white, it exhibits plenty of earthiness, white peach, honeyed citrus and a medium to full-bodied, crisp, fleshy personality. There is enough acidity to provide freshness. Drink it over the next 3-5 years. ” — Robert Parker

Savoy cow

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