2018 Radio-Coteau Savoy Pinot bottle

Vineyard Profile

On a stunning hillside vineyard located in the heart of Anderson Valley, Savoy’s Pinot Noir grapes develop intense flavor over a growing season lengthened by the cooling maritime influence that funnels through the valley. A complex patchwork of clonal selections, each block is organically 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 growing conditions in 2018 were near ideal, with moderate summer temperatures resulting in gradual ripening and allowing for nearly 20% whole cluster inclusion. Following extended time in bottle, the 2018 is an elegant, harmonious expression of the Savoy vineyard.

Tasting Notes

Elegantly concentrated, the 2018 Savoy Pinot Noir is emblematic of the refined intensity of this iconic Anderson Valley site. Morello cherry, fresh blackberry, and dark plum immediately coalesce around a gentle mint tea leaf complexity. The juicy, herbal entry is rounded by textured notes of leather and baking spice, with subtle hints of marzipan and citrus rind. Complementing the polished mouthfeel are well-integrated yet expressive tannins and a touch of acidity. The finish is alluring, with a restrained depth that hints at extended longevity.

Cellar Notes

  • Grower:
    Cliff Lede
  • Appellation:
    Anderson Valley, Mendocino
  • Geographic Location:
    Northwest of Philo
  • Varietal:
    Pinot Noir
  • Selection:
    Martini, 115,
  • Vineyard Age:
    Planted in 1991, 1992 & 1996
  • Soil Type:
    Recent terrace deposits
    with river gravel
  • Harvest Date:
    September 19th
  • Unfined
    & Unfiltered

Wine Reviews

January 2021 | 93 points

“The 2018 Pinot Noir Savoy is a classic Anderson Valley Pinot that offers the warm embrace so typical of Anderson Valley Pinots. Succulent red cherry fruit, spice, rose petal and blood orange meld together effortlessly. Open-knit and racy, with soft curves, the Savoy has a ton to offer. Best of all, it is already quite inviting.”

–Antonio Galloni
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