2019 Savoy Pinot Noir 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. A treasured Radio-Coteau source since the beginning, the 2019 Savoy Pinot Noir comprises the same vineyard blocks we’ve been working with for nearly two decades. Following 16 months in barrel and an additional year in bottle, the 2019 Savoy is a focused, polished expression of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.

Tasting Notes

The 2019 Savoy Pinot Noir unfolds with intricate layers of luxurious black cherry, warm cloves, and forest floor notes with an intriguing hint of pennyroyal. Bright pomegranate and cranberry compote nuances usher in a refreshingly long finish. Well-integrated, silky tannins harmonize with the 2019 Savoy’s medium-dense flavors and further this wine’s ageability for future enjoyment.

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 12th & 14th
  • Unfined
    & Unfiltered

Wine Reviews

April 2022 | 95 points

“Richard Savoy planted this vineyard in the early 1990s, on pastureland at the meeting of Gowan Creek and the Navarro River, deep into northeastern Anderson Valley. Cliff Lede purchased the site in 2011 and farms it organically. A parcel with three clones—Martini, 115 and Pommard—goes into Eric Sussman’s 2019, which shows the complexity of the mixed plant material in the spice of plump rosehips, the richness of fresh figs, the lasting scent of a coastal redwood forest. Meaty and ripe, this wine has direction and a tight focus, suited to age and delicious now if you decant it for partridge or other dark meat game birds.”

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