The Anderson Valley produces Pinot Noir “with deep fruit expression, earthiness and spiciness,” Peay says, and Savoy is “probably the best vineyard there.” The wine he makes from Savoy, he says, is more fruit-forward than his other wines, “a little softer and cherry-noted on the forepalate. But it also has good acidity and spice quality. It “captures California Pinot Noir without moving into that big monochromatic style.”
From Green Apple Books to Great California Pinot Noir at Savoy Vineyard
Mendocino County’s Savoy Vineyard has been one of California’s premier’s sites for Pinot Noir since the 1990s and remains so today under the supervision of Ryan Hodgins.
Why This Bottle, Really?
The 2015 Scallop Shelf Pinot Noir, named for a cuvée coming from certain parcels with ancient maritime soils and sea-bed fossils, is an exceptional wine. To me, it is reminiscent of Chambolle-Musigny, showing a balance of earth and small red fruits, judicious and elegant seasoning with French oak, and a tension from acidity that makes the wine vibrant and deeply delicious. It is a supremely fine Pinot Noir; it excites me when I taste a California wine of such quality, complexity, and finesse.