The 2009 Pinot Noir Savoy is a beautiful, understated wine. Sweet red cherries, flowers, spices and mint are some of the notes that flow from this juicy Pinot. The Savoy impresses for its mid-palate pliancy and accessible personality. Floral notes add freshness and lift on the finish. This is a gorgeous wine. (AG)
The Savoy Vineyard has a bit more clay in its alluvial soils than is the case with the Roman Vineyard, and this tends to produce a wine that is a bit more black fruity and powerfully styled. The 2009 Savoy pinot weighs in at 13.4 percent alcohol and is outstanding, offering up a complex and very deep nose of black cherries, plums, a touch of chocolate, a lovely base of soil, smoke and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and a bit broader-shouldered than the Roman bottling, with a fine core of fruit, lovely focus, moderate tannins and very fine length and grip on the nascently complex finish. While this is certainly approachable right out of the blocks, I might be inclined to tuck this wine away for several years in the cellar and allow its secondary layers to unfold with a bit of bottle age. (Drink between 2011-2030) 91+ points
Moderately saturated medium red. Plum, redcurrant and spices on the rather diffuse nose, with notes of raspberry, orange pekoe tea and flint emerging with aeration. This supple wine seemed to expand and come into better focus with air, showing flavors of red berries, spices and licorice. Finishes with dusty tannins that call for at least a couple years of aging. (ST) 90+
Mixes firm, taut flavors with delicacy and finesse, the initial dried berry, currant, mineral and cedar providing a rich core, yet as this turns on the finish the flavors become more delicate and subtle, ending with a nice spiciness. (JL)
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