VOLUME 10, ISSUE 14
July 12, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Wayfarer Wines Grab My Attention - Again Fathers & Daughters Cellars: Inaugural Releases from Ferrington Vineyard Airlie Winery: Sweet Spot Pinot Noir Gypsy Canyon Kingston Family Vineyards Many Very Good to Extraordinary California Pinot Noirs Tasted Recently Several Very Good to Extraordinary Oregon Pinot Noirs Tasted Recently Sips of White Wines Tasted Recently Update on Happenings at Soliste Pinot Briefs
Lede Family Wines will be releasing a collection of Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines crafted by winemaker Ryan Hodgins using fruit sourced from Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast, including the estate Savoy Vineyard.
The Breggo Cellars brand was purchased in 2009 and the name changed to FEL Wines. FEL is a tribute to proprietor Cliff Lede's mother, Florence Elsie Lede, who made her own wines in the basement of their home and sparked Lede's curiosity in wine when he was in his youth.
In 2011, Lede purchased the Savoy Vineyard. First planted in 1991, the vineyard encompasses 44 acres planted to a diverse array of Dijon and heritage Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones divided into 34 sub-blocks. Fruit is sold to Littorai, Radio-Coteau, Auteur, Failla and Peay.
Winemaker Ryan Hodgins has a degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis. His winemaking experience includes Witness Tree Vineyard in Salem, Oregon, Acacia Vineyard in Napa, and Krishna Valley Winery in India. In 2005, he as an assistant winemaker and viticulturist at Hanzell Vineyards, and while at Hanzell, became the founding consulting winemaker for Breggo Cellars.
FEL's first releases arrived on March 1, 2014 and included the 2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and the 2012 Anderson Valley Chardonnay. Subsequent releases include an Anderson Valley Pinot Gris, an estate Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and wines from grower partners Donnelly Creek, Ferrington, Wiley and Hirsch. In select vintages, a Spiritus Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir is produced.
Tasting of Cliff Lede Vineyards and FEL wines is available in a 1913 Craftsman-style tasting room in Yountville, open daily.
Articles About FEL Wines
2014 FEL Anderson Valley Pinot Gris
14.2% alc., 1, 437 cases, RS 0.35%, $25. Released May 1, 2015. A blend of fruit from Wiley Vineyard, Filigreen Vineyard and Donnelly Creek Vineyard. Harvest Brix 23.6º. Whole cluster pressed, fermented in a 900 gallon French oak oval, small neutral French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. · Light golden yellow with a faint pink caste in the glass. Don’t underestimate Pinot Gris - there is plenty to like in this wine. Aromas of nectarine, peach, melon, pine, herbs and floral bouquet. Bright, crisp, clean and refreshing with flavors of apple, stone fruits, melon, lychee and herbs. The flavors really cling to the palate. A very complex wine that changes over time in the glass, and will perform beautifully at the dinner table. Score: 92. Reviewed May 4, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 FEL Anderson Valley Chardonnay
14.2% alc., 1,201 cases, $28. Released October 1, 2014. A blend of multiple clones sourced from Ferrington and Savoy vineyards. Harvest Brix averaged 23.0º. Whole cluster pressed to tank, fermented in neutral French oak barrels with limited malolactic fermentation. Aged sur lie 9 months in neutral French oak barrels. · Moderately light straw yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of citrus, tropical fruits and apple hold up nicely over time in the glass. Richly fruited, yet crisp and vibrant, with a vigorous mid palate attack of citrus. Very satisfying, with subtle notes of pear and roasted nuts, finish with a bright charge of lemon-lime spirit. Score: 90. Reviewed May 4, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 FEL Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., 2,347 cases, $38. Released May 1, 2015. A blend of several clones and selections including Dijon, Pommard, Mt. Eden and Martini from Donnelly Creek, Savoy, Wiley and Ferrington vineyards. Harvest average Brix 24.7º. 5 to 7 day cold soak, 9-day uninoculated primary fermentation, and 3 to 7 day extended maceration. Aged 14 months in 100% French oak barrels, 38% new. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Hi-tone scents of black cherry, red currant and spice lead to a mid weight plus charge of black cherry, black raspberry fruits accented with a pleasing spice note. The wine has balanced tannins, integrated acidity, and some length. This is a terrific AVA blend that is primed for current drinking. Score: 91. Reviewed May 4, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 FEL Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., 2,923 cases, $38. 2012 was a remarkable vintage for Pinot Noir in the Anderson Valley and this wine reflects it beautifully. Aged 14 months in 100% French oak barrels, 44% of which were new. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Plenty to like about this wine which offers luscious cherry and pomegranate flavors enhanced with notes of herbs and anise. Bright and juicy, and very welcoming, with an elegant demeanor. Score: 90-91. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 FEL Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Chardonnay
14.2% alc., 138 cases, $48. Released December 2014. A blend of clones including Wente and Martini selections. Harvest Brix 23.6º. Whole cluster pressed to tank, barrel fermented in 50% new French oak, aged sur lie for 15 months. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. The nose leads with aromas of fig, lychee, citrus, flower basket and buttery brioche. Some California fruit exuberance, with flavors of pear, lemon, white peach, and a deft touch of oak. Smooth and slightly viscous on the palate, with tight acidity lifting the finish. Score: 90. Reviewed May 4, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 FEL Hirsch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 382 cases, $65. Released February 1, 2015. A blend of Dijon 777 and Pommard clones. Harvest Brix average 24.3º. 7-day cold soak, 6-day extended maceration. Aged 14 months in 100% French oak barrels, 62% new. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The complex nose offers an array of scents including dark red berries and cherries, balsam, spice, meadow and a hint of vanilla. The bright black cherry and raspberry fruits offer good lift and energy. Discreetly concentrated, the wine sports balanced tannins and deft integration of oak. Much better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, with more expressive fruit aromas and flavors and more length on the finish. Like the Savoy bottling, this wine should easily age for 10 years. Score: 93. Reviewed May 4, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 FEL Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 645 cases, $65. Inaugural release. 7-day cold soak and 7-day extended post-fermentation maceration. Aged 14 months in 100% French oak barrels, 56% of which were new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Bold aromas of black cherry, toast and spice echoed on the discreetly concentrated palate that sports firm, ripe tannins. The wine really grabs your attention now, but will develop further over time. Score: 92-94. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 FEL Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 645 cases, $65. Released December 1, 2014. A blend of clones including Dijon and Pommard, as well as Martini and Calera selections. Harvest Brix average 24.6º. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of fresh black cherry, rose petal and spice, with some cedary oak chiming in over time. Layer upon layer of gorgeous black cherry, kirsch and black raspberry goodness envelope the palate. A sexy, suave wine that is plush and velvety in the mouth, yet there is enough acidity to keep the experience fresh and vibrant. Nothing is out of place in this magnificent wine that finishes with a flourish of perfectly ripened black stone fruits. I ran out of superlatives with this one, but WOW sums it up. Still terrific the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle indicating good age ability. Score: 95. Reviewed May 4, 2015 ARTICLE »
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