Wednesday, January 30, 2008

2002 Arcadian Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard

I just had another bottle of 2002 Arcadian Pinot Noir from the Fiddlestix Vineyard ($52). I knew that I really liked this wine, but I had forgotten how much. I may have tasted every wine made from this vineyard in this vintage, about 20, and this is one of the two or three best. It has all of the trademark Fiddlestix components: dark fruit, surprising earthiness, some cool spice notes. But whereas most of the Pinot Noirs from that vineyard are big and fleshy with incredible depth, the 2002 Arcadian is sexy and complex. I've described it as a symphony before and I think it's true. The wine starts with bright cherry notes that immediately become darker almost to plum. The mouth-feel and flavors increase in the mid-palate with tones of soft mushroom and other earth note mingling with the fruit. The finish is long and complex with hints of black and green tea, rhubarb, and cherry cola. It is a very silky wine as well.

I wish there was more of this wine to be had, But I've been told by winemaker Joe Davis that it is almost gone at the winery. Joe will be making an appearance at Wine Country in Los Olivos on February 17th and perhaps he will still have some with him.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip. I'll see if I can get there on the 17th.

Anonymous said...

I was recently in Solvang and stopped by Tastes of the Valley. A great place that had several Arcadian pinots open, including the Fiddlestix. Try the Sleepy Hollow Vineyard!

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