2011 Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir
Harvest Date: September 29h, October 14th 2011
Grape Source: Savoy Vineyard
Clonal Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
4 Clones: (22% Pommard 4, 25% 115, 29% Martini 13, 24% Dijon 777 )
Aging: 10 months in French Oak Barrels; 50% new and 50% once used
Yeast: Indigenous Yeast and RC212
Production: 550 cases
Release Date: September 2012
Winemaker: David Tate
Vineyard Notes: The Savoy Vineyard is located in the Mendocino County AVA of Anderson Valley and is about 15 miles from the pacific coast. The days often start out foggy and cool though warm up into the low 100s during the peak of the growing season. The influence of this coastal fog and the silty-clay alluvium allow slow ripening and therefore a longer flavor development period. For the 2010 vintage the grape bunches were smaller than ever providing extremely power packed fruit.
Winemaker Notes: This hand picked Pinot Noir was cold soaked for 5-6 days with dry ice in small open top fermenters and punched down twice daily. Half the alcoholic and all the Malolactic fermentations were completed through indigenous cultures. The wine was aged in 50% new French oak. The individual clones were racked and blended before bottling.
Tasting Notes: The 2010 Savoy has an instantaneous core of black cherry and black raspberry. This is surrounded by cedar spice and cinnamon. The full rich center of this wine coats your mouth like cream chocolate. The fruit continues with full cherry pie, coated around the gravel like minerality. Very round and balanced with full tannins and good acidity this Pinot will hold exceptionally for the next 8-10 years (2019-2021).