The Pinot File writes: "Head "fiddletalker" Kathy Joseph has been at the helm of Fiddlehead Cellars for seventeen years. Her husband, Tom Doiyle, an attorney living in Sacramento, assists. The wines are crafted in a small but efficient winery (with adjacent tasting room) in the Lompoc "Wine Ghetto." She farms Fiddlestix Vineyard which supplies grapes to many notable California producers and also sources grapes from Oregon. Her annual Fiddlefest, held in a barn at Fiddlestix Vineyard for her customers, is a must-attend event for Pinot lovers. Kathy is taking a crash language course in Mexico so she can "have more fun during harvest with my vineyard crew."
Located in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills on Santa Rosa Road, Fiddlestix Vineyard is the confluence of an exceptional growing environment that meets the finicky demands of Pinot Noir. On the north side of a tight east-west running valley, fog hovers over our vines until mid-morning. Then coastal afternoon breezes blow through the Santa Rita Hills, ensuring cool grapes over a lengthy day of sunshine. Temperatures infrequently rise above 75°. The soil is well-drained clay loam loaded with chirt and Monterey shale, specifically of the Gazos and Botella soil series. Truly a Pinot Noir paradise!
“728” signature of black cherries, plums, black pepper
and dusty aromatics. Buttery mouth-coating tannins
that linger with grace.
|Bottle Size||750 ml|
|Rating||93 pts W&S - best Pinot of 2008|
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