75% Dijon clone 115, 25% Pommard clone 5 • 33% whole cluster fermentation
Aged nine months in French oak barrels, 20% new • Five barrels produced • 14.5% Alcohol
92 Points, "Cellar Selection"- Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
91 Points - Dr. Rusty Gaffney, "The Prince of Pinot"
Tasting notes: Sourced from the same incredible vineyard as my previous wines, the 2012 Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir is all Sta. Rita Hills. The nose features a rich combination of black cherries, fresh raspberries, wet forest, anisette and rose garden. The medium-bodied mouthfeel is firm, rich and round, reminding me of the texture of liquidized sour hard candy. On the palette, rich tones of sour dark cherries, red berries and plum mix with flourishes of sweet lemon rind, rhubarb pie, eastern spices and jasmine tea. The generous acid at the end carries a finish that goes on and on. This is a powerful wine that will improve with cellar age. If you just can't wait, decanting is recommended.