Fiddlestix Vineyard was planted in 1998 by Kathy Joseph, "Head Fiddle" at Fiddlehead Cellars. Located in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County, CA. Fiddlestix Vineyard is planted to 80 acres of Pinot Noir, which benefits from morning fog, mild sunny days and cool ocean breezes. This wine is a combination of Dijon clones 667, 777, 115 and Pommard 4. It was fermented in small lots, barrel-aged in 50 percent new French oak for 18 months, racked once and bottled in April 2018.
Cargasacchi Vineyard is located at the far western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County, CA. Peter Cargasacchi meticulously farms this 16-acre Pinot Noir vineyard, whose maritime influences create a long growing season, developing balanced flavors and tannins, along with a distinct minerality. This wine is made exclusively from Dijon clone 115 and is fermented in small lots. It was barrel-aged in 50 percent new French oak for 18 months, racked once and bottled in April 2018.
Our Rosé of Pinot Noir is produced from several premium vineyards in the iconic Sta. Rita Hills appellation. The wine is crafted through the use of "saignée" method, then barrel-fermented and aged in neutral oak barrels for three months prior to bottling in January 2018. The sweet red fruit flavors of this dry style Rosé wine are nicely balanced by fresh acidity.
"Bluffs" is crafted from premium Pinot Noir grapes sourced from several notable vineyards in the Russian River Valley AVA and carefully blended to express the unique flavors associated with this appellation. Pali's "Bluffs" is fermented in small lots, barrel-aged for eight months and bottled in April 2018.
"Riviera" is crafted from Pinot Noir grapes sourced from two vineyards in the Sonoma Coast AVA: Pali's vineyard in the south-eastern corner of the AVA, and a small, family-owned vineyard in the Russian River Valley AVA (a sub-AVA within Sonoma Coast). This wine is fermented in small lots, punched-down up to three times daily during fermentation, then barrel-aged in 30% new French oak for eight months. Bottled in May 2018.
Established in 1986, Huber Vineyard is one of the oldest vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Proprietors Norm and Troudl Huber planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in 1987 and have remained passionate and meticulous caretakers of their vineyard. Located in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills, the vineyard benefits from the appellation's cool climate, ocean breezes, coastal fog, and incredible soils. This Pinot Noir is fermented in small lots, barrel-aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak and was bottled in April 2017.
"Summit" is made from premium Pinot Noir grapes sourced from notable vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. This wine is hand-crafted, using small-lot fermentations and then aged in 30% new French oak for 15 months and bottled in summer 2017. "Summit" is carefully blended to create a distinguished Pinot Noir that is complex in character yet approachable upon release.
This Rosé is made from 100% whole-cluster pressed Pinot Noir grapes, Clone 115, grown on our Pali Estate Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Planted in 2012, this 50-acre vineyard is located in Gypsy Canyon along the Hwy 246 corridor and sits on a gentle, Southeast-facing slope with mostly sandy soils. These terroir characteristics, combined with ample fog and cool temperatures, create excellent growing conditions for Pinot Noir. This wine is barrel-fermented and barrel-aged in French oak and bottled in January 2018.
Notes of black cherries, sage, dark chocolate, anise, pine tree, and cedar are entwined on the nose. This is a big and powerful wine with amazing depth and texture. The silky, rich tannins combine with dark red fruits and spices galore on the palate. Flavors of green tea, forest floor, and sweet cherries combine with juicy acid for a long, lingering finish that leaves one wanting more. An extremely pleasurable, almost hedonistic, Pinot Noir from start to finish.
Ripe raspberries, cinnamon, wet earth, Asian tea, flint, mulling spices. On the palate, sweet red fruits with pomegranate, caramelized mushrooms, brown sugar, anise, Chinese 5 spice, fresh ground coffee. Mouth coating tannins provide luxurious mouth-feel start to finish. Finishes with warm, comforting earthy tones.