- Producer: FEL Wines
- Winemaker: Ryan Hodgins
- Region (AVA): Anderson Valley (Anderson Valley)
- Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
- Vintage production: 3,589 cases
- Winery location: Anderson Valley
- Owners: Cliff Lede
- First vintage:
- Drinking window: 2018-2028
About The Wine
FEL Wines produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris from the Anderson Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Meticulously crafted by Winemaker Ryan Hodgins, FEL also features a unique portfolio of vineyard designate wines, including both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the estate Savoy Vineyard. The letters in FEL represent Florence Elsie Lede, founder Cliff Lede’s mother, a home winemaker who provided the early inspiration for Cliff’s love of wine.
Growing up in Alberta, Canada, Cliff remembers the tulip as signifying the end of winter, bringing with it a freshness and excitement of warmer days ahead. The FEL Wines label, featuring an illustration of an opening tulip, is a tribute to Florence’s passion for gardening.
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir, made of a blend of select clones including Pommard, Mt. Eden, Martini, and Dijon from vineyards including the expressive Ferrington and Donnelly Creek vineyards, both located just outside the town of Boonville, and FEL's estate Savoy Vineyard, long recognized as a benchmark vineyard in Anderson Valley.
The fruit was harvested August 22 through September 27 at an average of 24.2° Brix. It then went through a five to seven-day cold soak at 55°F, a nine-day primary fermentation peaking at 88-92°F, and a three-day extended maceration. The wine was aged sixteen months in 270 litre French oak barrels, 38% of which were new. Coopers include Cadus, Rousseau, Quintessence, François Frères, and Sirugue.
An abundance of rain falling in January and February helped recharge the soil and fill ponds, providing a much-needed relief from a three-year drought. A warmer than usual March followed, and the growing season progressed quickly, with above average temperatures in May and June propelling us toward our third consecutive early harvest. We were fortunate that the final, and most critical, period of ripening just before harvest was pleasantly warm and free of any heat spikes. The resulting wines are bright, lively, and fruit-forward, but also with great depth and complexity that continues a stunning run of outstanding vintages dating back to 2012.
FEL Wines Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016
"Tempting and delicious, this full-bodied wine is quite ripe and yummy, showing plump red and black cherries, black plums and a hint of strawberry jam in the flavor. It has a mouthfilling texture, rounded tannins and lingering fruity finish."
91 points, Wine Enthusiast (Jan. 2019)