Thursday, May 22, 2008

2005 Taz Pinot Noir Fiddlestix

Another fine example of a Santa Rita Hills pinot noir, and just another reason we love pinot from this area.
We have yet to have a pinot noir from the Fiddlestix Vineyard we have not liked. They are a great source for grapes, and sell to many different wineries in California like Taz, Fiddlehead, Ortman, Summerland, Hitching Post, Tyler, and many more.
This bottle was popped and poured tonight, and drank well right out of the bottle with no decanting, and nothing more than a few swirls in the glass. The first thing to notice about this wine is how floral it is on the nose. Also, tons of cherry, a hint of earth that is so common in the Santa Rita Hills AVA, raspberry, strawberry, and the slightest hint of spice.
On the palate, the cherry/cherry cola dominated, with the slightest hint of caramel. The finish was very pleasant, and lingered for a good 20-25 seconds. There is nothing at all offensive about this wine, and it's actually quite a pleasure, and drinking very well right now. There is a good chance it will get even better with a year in the bottle, but who can wait? It's drinking that good right now. Wine Spectator only gave this wine 87 points, but I think it's worth of 91. Will definitely purchase another bottle in the future. Good QPR at $25. Highly recommend. Cheers!

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