Characteristic notes of black cherry, savory herbs, pomegranate and cola are framed by pronounced flavors of ripe dark plums, and Bing cherries, with hints of licorice and fennel.
Founded in 2005 by Douglas and Ana Lucia Benitez-Stewart, Breggo is located in Mendocino County, California. Cliff Lede, the owner of his eponymous winery purchased Breggo in 2009 and in 2011, acquired Savoy Vineyard, one of Anderson Valley’s benchmark properties. Breggo was renamed FEL Wines in March 2014. FEL crafts small-lot, single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Alsatian style whites using fruit from Anderson Valley’s best vineyards, including Ferrington and Donnelly Creek. Savoy, the 44 acre FEL estate vineyard, is subdivided into 34 parcels and was planted with a diverse blend of Dijon and Heritage clones. Winemaker Ryan Hodgins has been with FEL from the very beginning. A graduate of UC Davis with a Master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology, Ryan worked at Hanzell Vineyards as the assistant winemaker and viticulturist before joining FEL.
|Pommard, Mt. Eden, Martini, and Dijon clones from the Donnelly Creek, Savoy, Wiley, and Ferrington vineyards were cold soaked for 5-7 days, naturally fermented and then macerated for 3-7 days. The wine aged for fourteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels (44% new) from French coopers Cadus, Damy, Rousseau, Francois Freres and Sirugue.
|Established in March 2014, FEL Wines produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris from the Anderson Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Crafted with painstaking care by Winemaker Ryan Hodgins, FEL also features a unique portfolio of vineyard designate wines, including both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from our estate Savoy Vineyard.
The letters in FEL represent Florence Elsie Lede, Proprietor
Cliff Lede’s mother, a home winemaker who provided the early inspiration for Lede’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 label, featuring an illustration of an opening tulip, is a tribute to Florence’s passion for gardening.