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.
Ruby red color with brilliant clarity. Aromas of bold red fruits, toasty oak, and baking spices jump out of the glass. The wine dances on the palate with lively minerality entwined with dark, earthy flavors of sautéed mushrooms and red raspberries. Juicy acidity and moderate tannins give this wine length on the finish without being heavy. Finishes with notes of tobacco and leather.
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, 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 15 months, racked once, and bottled in April 2017.
Light Strawberry red in color. Perfumed nose gives off savory and earthy flavors of fresh mushrooms, damp soil, and clove backed up with light red fruits of raspberry and red cherries. Light in body, this wine is layered with nuanced flavors of tart cherries, black tea, and cloves. The light red fruit flavors linger before finishing with notes of soy sauce and rosemary.
Garnet Red color with nice clarity. The nose gives loads of candied red fruits – cherries, raspberries, and plums explode from the glass, backed up by notes of coffee and cloves. The wine fills the palate with rich fruit flavors that coat the mouth. Ripe cherries, cola, and red licorice combine with toasted oak and black tea from start to finish. This wine lingers on the palate with velvety tannins and ripe fruit flavors.
Beautiful floral aromatics blend with light red fruits and savory, earthy tones. Fresh strawberries, leather, wet forest floor, mushroom, tart cherries. Slightly dark and brooding with light red fruit to lift it up. On the palate, black plums and tart strawberries are tempered with slightly dusty tannins, toasted wood, hints of eucalyptus. Spice and savory qualities – almost gamey like roasted venison or duck. Tart red cherries carry through with the bright acid. Finishes with raspberries and spiced chai tea.
Pale pink color with aromas of soft red fruits, fresh strawberries, thyme, basil, rhubarb, candied fruit, fresh cream and vanilla bean. A tight, focused acidity on the palate with tart green apples, cherries and undertones of Thai basil, white pepper, strawberries and a hint of dank earth. Quenching acidity on the finish leaves the palate pleasantly cleansed.
“A beautifully complete and layered effort is the 2014 Pinot Noir Rancho la Vina, which like the Radian Vineyard release comes from the 777 and Pommard clones and was aged in 50% new oak. Giving up lots of kirsch, dried herbs, earth and spice, this medium-bodied, seamless and elegant 2014 has outstanding purity of fruit and is a joy to drink. It should keep nicely through 2022.”