Ruby color, with a transparent rim, very fragrant. Pleasant feel / texture in your mouth, tasty and smooth. Aromas of of spring, rhubarb and strawberries. Excellent. — 4 months ago
Cathern had this 5 years ago
Palate is still vibrant with dark red fruit and herbal, rustic tannins. Made in a very elegant, clean style. Very enjoyable, though I’m not sure it’s improved a whole lot with time; the nose showing some bramble fruit, herbs, tamari, game and a hint of flowers emerging only after four days. — 6 months ago
Very nice flowery nose with sweet cherry fruit and spice. A very enjoyable bottle of wine. — 5 years ago
Lush dark fruits, chalk and cherries! Age has done the bien nacido wine good! — 3 years ago
The Fiddlestix Vineyard is located at mile marker 7.28 on Santa Rosa Road in Lompoc, California, which is situated in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. In the mid-90's Kathy Joseph of Fiddlehead Cellars, along with the viticultural icon Taz Steinhauer, acquired the 133-acre, former flower farm, across Santa Rosa Road from the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard, and in 1998 they planted 100 acres of Pinot Noir. Aside from the small amount earmarked for Fiddlehead's own production, much of the vineyard is contracted to other producers, including Ampelos, Ancien, Anglim, Arcadian, Bonaccorsi, Dragonette, Jonata, Ken Brown, Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post, Gainey, Ortman, Pali, Paul Lato, Prodigal, RN Estate, Rusack, Summerland, Tyler, Vogelzang, Wedell , and TAZ, not to mention Etude.
Opens with an austere earth note in a tone reminiscent of Barbaresco, and in the words of Miles Raymond, it's "tighter than a nun's ass." 45 minutes later, though, and it's singing and juicy. Black cherry, but not overripe, leads this medium bodied, pungent thinker, while a virtual greenhouse of floral shades help twist and shape its direction. Secondary dusty earth and walnut skin reveal the source of its austerity. True to its terroir, there's a tertiary layer of spice and rocks that provides the depth needed to go from good to great. — 5 years ago