Sunday, March 2, 2008

Pinkie Party Report: Fiddlehead Pinot Noir

More notes from the Pinkie Party. Kathy Joseph's wines continue to amaze me. I took a sip of her first pinot and serendipitously scored a slice of a delicious piece of tri tip sandwich.
Matching up nicely with my grilled tri tip sandwich were the Fiddlestix and Oregon Pinots. Tip for the home cook, the bread was soaked in butter and garlic prior to grilling. It really makes the sandwich.

Seven Twenty Eight Pinot Noir 2004 Fiddlestix Vineyard Named for the mile marker 7.28 on Santa Rosa Road in the Santa Rita Hills AVA, this wine is quite showy for Fiddlestix and enjoyable. ($40)
Lovely bouquet of raspberry and black cherry supported by cloves and nutmeg. Lots of rustic red fruit and plum with a touch of spice on the finish. Well rounded and silky and a favorite of the day.

I thought this was favorite of the day but then I tried

Fiddlehead Oldsville Reserve Willamette Valley, Oregon Pinot Noir 2003. This wine since it was poured from a 375 ml bottle had a bit of an unfair advantage of the other pinot. Wine will tend to age faster in smaller bottles and we got to reap the benefits.
Lovely dark earthy mushrooms and soft raspberry notes on the nose. The taste was so smooth and the wine possessed an elegant blend of so many fantastic elements. I detected raspberry, cranberry, marionberry , lavender, earthy mushrooms, and a touch of creme brulee . Amazingly seductive haunting wine. This is a wine to pause for a moment in life and just enjoy. Fantastic.

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