Etude

Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir

9.1109 ratings
9.019 pro ratings
Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Cameron Parry

Lush, soft, bright sweet cherries and lovely savory notes. Nice acidity, showing better than the last bottle.

Lush, soft, bright sweet cherries and lovely savory notes. Nice acidity, showing better than the last bottle.

Jan 1st, 2022
Kellin

Lovely pre-thanksgiving wine.

Lovely pre-thanksgiving wine.

Nov 25th, 2021
Cameron Parry

Bright fruit, moderate weight, slightly bitter finish. Acid is a bit out of balance. Nice light touch with the oak.

Bright fruit, moderate weight, slightly bitter finish. Acid is a bit out of balance. Nice light touch with the oak.

Jul 16th, 2021
Tobin Trevarthen

Lightweight and perfect for Turkey day. Love this vineyard.

Lightweight and perfect for Turkey day. Love this vineyard.

Nov 24th, 2017
Rebecca Fletcher

Both black and red cherry, ripe strawberry, damp earth and Indian spice. M+ acid and body. M tannin. Fruit carries on the palate. Balanced. M+ finish.

Both black and red cherry, ripe strawberry, damp earth and Indian spice. M+ acid and body. M tannin. Fruit carries on the palate. Balanced. M+ finish.

Nov 2nd, 2017
Heidi Harrison

Mushroom, forest-farm, strawberry, cherry, brown spice, very pretty mouthfeel #napawine #carneros producer #santaritahills fruit #deedubcellar

Mushroom, forest-farm, strawberry, cherry, brown spice, very pretty mouthfeel #napawine #carneros producer #santaritahills fruit #deedubcellar

Oct 20th, 2017
Isaac Pirolo

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.

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.

2 people found it helpfulMar 22nd, 2017
Sean Genn

Really closed upon opening. It opened a little over time but was never really expressive. Smokey dark fruit and lingering tannins.

Really closed upon opening. It opened a little over time but was never really expressive. Smokey dark fruit and lingering tannins.

Apr 17th, 2017
Ben Franco

Owner Winedown cafe & wine bar

8.8

Ruby med plus tears - this wine fooled the hell out of me in blind tasting nose says #pinotnoir but the #tannin says I could be #nebbiolo either way a really good wine!

Ruby med plus tears - this wine fooled the hell out of me in blind tasting nose says #pinotnoir but the #tannin says I could be #nebbiolo either way a really good wine!

Jan 23rd, 2017
mattswineworld

High alcohol (14.2%) surprisingly well integrated, but this is still a very Napa expression of Santa Rita Hills - smoky, spicy, with ripe black fruits. Good, but I'd prefer some restraint.

High alcohol (14.2%) surprisingly well integrated, but this is still a very Napa expression of Santa Rita Hills - smoky, spicy, with ripe black fruits. Good, but I'd prefer some restraint.

Sep 11th, 2016