2006 Arcadian "Fiddlestix Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir SKU #1053383

Price: $34.99

BH 93 ST 92
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Tasting Notes

93 points from Allen Meadows' Burghound: "Joe Davis' goal is to create serious, long-lived and intense Burgundian styled wines and to that end, he typically uses a high proportion of whole clusters. In 2006 Davis indicated that he used between and 60 and 90% stems and noted that the '06s, along with the '04s, are among the ripest wines that he has ever made. Readers should note that because of the presence of stems during the vinification, the texture and mouth feel of his wines are decidedly different than much of what you will usually taste from California and Oregon. Not surprisingly, stylistically the wines do indeed closely resemble the Burgundian model and it would require a careful taster to identify many of the Arcadian wines as US pinots. The average '06 received 27 months of élevage. A distinctly floral nose is elegant and pure while showcasing ripe and spicy red pinot fruit that is in perfect keeping with the intense, earthy and serious middle weight flavors that are wonderfully balanced, long and palate staining on the lingering finish. This beauty has everything it needs to reward 6 to 10 years of cellar time. In a word, terrific." (10/1/2009) 92 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Energetic strawberry, redcurrant, blood orange and mineral scents are complicated by a hint of licorice. Delicate and finely etched, with sweet red fruit and cherry flavors given spine by a zesty minerality that resonates on the long, juicy finish." (Nov/Dec '09)

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