FEL Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2020
|Region||California, North Coast, Anderson Valley|
Our 2020 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, is a reflection of the appellation’s excellent flavors, aromatics, and textures. What we love about the vineyards that make up this blend is that they are capable of depth, nuance, and concentration without sacrificing freshness and structure. First impressions of black cherry and rose petal on the nose open into mission fig and a citrus character that we associate with our favorite Pinot Noirs. The palate is focused and delicately layered, with darker notes of clove and cola mingling with bright raspberry and currant. Anderson Valley’s spice shows in the finish, with a familiar cedar and sous-bois, lifted to the last moments by bergamot and the return of the beautiful rose character with which the wine opens.
Showstopping fruit and complexity animate this full-bodied but creamily smooth, elegant wine. It's soft around the edges but deep in the middle, oozing raspberries, black cherries, basil and black tea. Although blended from different parts of the valley, this bottle competes well with FEL's vineyard designates.