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Vineyard Profile

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. Whole cluster pressed and once again comprised of Wente and Prosser clones, the 2015 vintage of Savoy is a classic expression of this cool-climate varietal.

Tasting Notes

The 2015 Savoy Chardonnay continuously develops with time in glass. The nose asserts itself as aromas come tumbling out of the glass once this straw-yellow Chardonnay is swirled. Upon entry the nose is first met with ripe yellow pear and fresh apricot. Candied lemon rind and a fresh pineapple tropical tone provide a sweeter perception. This sweetness is illusory though as sipped, and candied lemon rind gives way to the meyer lemon lifting acidity. Fruit yields to flowers as the palate and nose find their way to honeysuckle. An understated crème fraiche adds slight roundness to the texture of the wine, while toasted almond and sweet baking spices lend further depth and complexity to this Anderson Valley Chardonnay.

Cellar Notes

  • 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:
    August 20th–24th
  • Unfined
    & Unfiltered

Wine Reviews

March 2017 | 94 points

“The 2015 Chardonnay Savoy is powerful and quite phenolic, to the point it almost feels like a red wine structurally. Yellow orchard fruit, wild flowers and crushed rocks are some of the signatures. Above all else, though, the 2015 is a wine of real power and phenolic intensity. I would give it at least 6-12 more months in bottle.” 

–Antonio Galloni
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