95 Points -
From a valley floor site in the Sta. Rita Hills and aged in just under 30% new French oak, the 2018 Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard offers a classic Burgundian nose of ripe cherries, sappy herbs, forest floor, and loamy soil. It's another classic Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir delivering lots of salinity, medium to full body, ripe tannins, and a wonderful sense of purity and elegance. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, Aug 2021
Due to slightly richer soils, dark cherry and plum aromas are framed by notes of purple flowers. The mouthfeel is highly textured and rich, with juicy cherry and plum flavors being complemented by salinity and minerality that gives the wine a long and elegant finish.
2018: 94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, August 2020
2018: 93 Points. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2020
2017: 91 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2020
Vineyard & Vintage Character
The Fiddlestix vineyard is farmed by the delightful Kathy Joseph and her team and sits on the western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. We produce this wine from two of the steepest of 32 small blocks on the site. Cold Pacific Ocean breezes and fog move down this transverse valley and cools down the vineyard considerably. The elevation of our blocks is an average of 300 feet above sea level, compared to almost 500 feet for the Truly Rita site and therefore the soils are a little darker and slightly richer here.
Oak: 100% French oak; 29% new
Time in oak: 17 months
TA: 6.0 g/L
Cases produced: 168