2018 FEL Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

Spicy, piquant Pinot noir

2018 FEL Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

Fruit for FEL’s Pinot comes from three vineyards in the Anderson Valley. The wine ages 16 months in French oak barrels, about one-third new. The result is rubescent with a spicy profile: cinnamon, star anise, Chinese five spice. But there is also plenty of fruit, which tilts toward woodsy brambles and black cherries. Solid acidity amplifies the spice notes.

It’s a good wine for rich and earthy cheeses, especially washed rind, as their creamy texture will be a counterpoint to the wine’s acidity. Try it with rich pâtés, cured meats, lamb and richer cuts of pork, especially smoked or barbecued.

2018 FEL Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

14.2% abv | $38 (sample)

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