2007 Santa Rita Hills "Fiddlestix Vineyard" Pinot Noir
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About the Vineyard...
The Fiddlestix Vineyard
is located in the Sta Rita Hills AVA which straddle the Santa Inez
River as it makes its way to the Pacific Ocean. As a East-West
oriented valley, opening its mouth to the cool Pacific breezes, the
consistent and cooling marine influence is significant. The vineyard
is managed and owned in partnership by Kathy Joseph, who has planted an
array of clones and rootstocks on several various soils to create a
staggering level of diversity from this single vineyard. The
remarkably consistent weather, characterized by lower highs and higher
lows than valley floor vineyard throughout the North Coast, conspires
with marine sedimentary soils and alluvials to make wines of power and
exceptional structure. This vintage marks our fifth, working with
Kathy and this remarkable vineyard.
About the Vintage...
The weather in 2007
remained cool and steady throughout August and September, allowing the
grapes to achieve optimal ripeness levels without sacrificing acidity,
resulting in wines that come close to that difficult to realize
platonic point of balance between power and grace, depth and vivacity.
We expect that our decision to pick while acidity remained high, as
well as our detailed attention to maximum fruit extraction, will allow
these wines to preserve bright uplift and focused fruit on the
mid-palate, even as they continue to age, deepening and adding exciting
layers, such as spice, mushroom, cacao, and forest floor.
About the Wine...
The grapes were 100% destemmed into an open top fermenter and cold
soaked for 5 days. We utilized a combination of hand punch-downs and a
submerged cap device to achieve optimal extraction from the skins. We
fermented with a combination of RC212 and Assmannshausen yeasts, with a
peak temperature of 94°F. The wine was aged in an array of Francois
Freres and Remond cooperage, entirely of Bertrange Oak and a majority
new. 167 cases produced.
Typical of this vineyard, the wine opens with a vibrant, spiced
nose of cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, and clove, underlaid with earthy
tones. Intense, fresh red fruits lead the palate, settling on the
mid-palate with focused, ripe flavors of strawberry, cassis, and
currants. Good acidity provides brightness and balance, while
structure, always a strong suit for this wine, is emphasized by
mouth-filling tannins. The spicy aromatics continue through the long
finish. This vintage produced a softer, more mineral tannin than
previous years, yielding a wine that is voluptuous in its youth, yet
promises to age with grace for the coming decade.