Originally planted in 1991, the Savoy Vineyard is the newest in Failla's stable of high-quality Pinot Noir vineyards.
Like any vineyard of size, there are differences in the terroir in various portions of the site. The knolls are generally composed of sandy loams weathered from sandstone. They have moderate moisture holding capacity and moderate to very low vigor. The alluvial terraces are more darkly colored loams underlain with clay loams. The higher clay content of these terraces means that they have higher moisture holding capacity and moderate vigor and some of the areas within the terraces may soon be dry farmed.
The 2018 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard possesses tremendous density and depth. Savoy Pinots are often open-knit and sensual, but not here. The Failla 2018 is a real powerhouse. Black cherry, gravel, cured meats, cloves, leather and spice bring out the darker, more virile side of Pinot Noir. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2018 for at least a few years. The 2018 is a Pinot of substantial weight and gravitas that leans a bit more towards intensity than finesse.