Deer Meadows, Anderson Valley

Situated at 1600 feet elevation, with a commanding south-east facing view of Anderson Valley, Rich Savoy’s vineyard off of Deer Meadows Road above Boonville is meticulously farmed in multiple blocks that are planted in a northwest orientation. In the relatively cool and moderate 2012 vintage, we acquired three different clones of Pinot Noir, 115, 777 and Calera, to make just four barrels.

The best word to describe this wine is exotic. Wonderful floral and damp earth aromatics integrate with a slight caramel edge and Asian spice on the nose. The palate is brisk with bright cherry, orange peel and coriander. Intense red cherry and great acidity punctuate the finish. With such great structure, the wine will unfold after a few hours after being opened; with bottle aging, it will develop even more complexity over time.

Clones: 115 / 777 / Calera
Harvest/Brix: September 24, 2012 (777), October 3, 2012 (115/Calera) at 25 Brix
Fruit: 100% whole berry (no stems)
Fermentation: Native yeast
Barrel aging: 16 months in French oak, 25% new (Cadus, tight grain, medium toast)
Alcohol content: 14% by volume
Bottled: February, 2014
Production: 97 cases
Release date: May, 2014

Suggested Retail Price: $55/bottle (750ml)
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