Ancien Pinot Noir 2017, Fiddlestix Vineyard, Santa. Rita Hills, California

The Fiddlestix Vineyard is located in the Sta Rita Hills AVA, which straddle the Santa Ynez River as it makes its way to the Pacific Ocean. As an East-West oriented valley, opening its mouth to the cool Pacific breezes, the consistent and cooling marine influence is significant. The remarkably consistent weather, characterized by lower highs and higher lows than the North Coast vineyards, conspires the silica-laden, marine sedimentary soils to make wines of power and structure. Youthfully bold with notes of fruit and exotic spice, this wine is enjoyable to drink now with plenty of life to give for years down the line. The nose greets with rich notes of black cherry, ripe blueberry, wet slate, and blood orange. Fresh dark fruits lead the palate, and the focus settles on ripe flavors of blackberry and currants spiced with peppercorn and tobacco. The firm, velvety and mouth-filling tannins emphasize structure, while ever present acidity balances and brightens. The spicy aromatics and flavors continue through the long finish.