By Fiddlestix Vineyard or even by coastal California Pinot Noir standards, this Pinot is light in body, tart, tannic and austere. It avoids lush immediacy in favor of extreme dryness and fruit that's subtle-only suggesting flavors of cherry and cola. What is apparent is its minerality and earthiness. Complex and indifferent to today's taste for sweet fruit, this wine wants some time to develop. Best after 2015.
The more exotic side of Pinot comes through in the 2007 Pinot Noir Fiddlestix. Ash, smoke, incense, savory herbs and dark red cherries form part of a rich tapestry of aromas and flavors in this utterly beguiling and intriguing wine. There is a level of aromatic and flavor complexity that is unusual for Santa Rita Hills Pinot, except for in a few spots. Fiddlestix is one of those. I also tasted the 2002, which captures the pedigree of these volcanic soils in a dark, brooding style that at times recalls Aglianico. Both vintages show the complexity and pedigree this site is capable of expressing. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
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