FEL Wines

Owner(s) Cliff Lede
Web site www.felwines.com
 
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FEL Wines

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.

Reviewed Wines

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 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 »