Friday, January 22, 2010

2003 Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir Seven Twenty Eight Fiddlestix

There is something about Santa Rita Hills pinot noir that we are so fond of, and Fiddlehead brings out an even bigger fondness. Kathy and her team are creating outstanding wines year in, year out, and this was a classic Fiddlehead example of a great, mature wine! WOW!
Popped and poured tonight at Manon in Lambertville, this showed well from the first swirl and sniff. This wine was full throttle from the get go, with amazing fruit! Great Santa Rita Hills dark ruby color in the glass, still showing a little thinning near the rim of the Riedel.
Gorgeous of red fruits on the nose, black cherry, raspberry, plum, and tons of berry! Subtle hints of cola round out the nose with some nice spice and a hint of vanilla/butterscotch.
On the palate, the fruit is definitely there, and has some great age to it. I really have a hard time seeing the fruit showing any better on this wine, but I won’t be surprised if it does. More black cherry on the palate, with a bit of cola and raspberry. This is an absolute joy in the mouth. The alcohol has integrated nicely, and the acidity is absolutely perfect. There is just enough there to make you appreciate it, and is not overpowering in the least. This wine is absolutely magnificent, and it is BIG! The finish lingers on for a good 30 seconds, and couldn’t be any more pleasant!
Only downside I can report about this wine is the fact that we are down to our last one now. Have a couple of the ’02, and might have to give one of them a try tonight for comparison sake. Another incredible effort by Kathy and her Fiddlehead crew. We’re huge fans! 93 points! Cheers!

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