2007 Arcadian "Fiddlestix Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The more exotic side of Pinot comes through in the 2007 Pinot Noir Fiddlestix. Ash, smoke, incense, savory herbs and dark red cherries form part of a rich tapestry of aromas and flavors in this utterly beguiling and intriguing wine. There is a level of aromatic and flavor complexity that is unusual for Santa Rita Hills Pinot, except for in a few spots. Fiddlestix is one of those. I also tasted the 2002, which captures the pedigree of these volcanic soils in a dark, brooding style that at times recalls Aglianico. Both vintages show the complexity and pedigree this site is capable of expressing. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright red. Vibrant, perfumed and seductive nose shows fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas along with exotic floral and Christmas spice tones. Silky, sweet red- and blackcurrant flavors possess excellent depth and precision. Reminds me a lot of a Dujac wine. Succulent and long on the tightly focused back end, and balanced to age. I really like this wine's light touch and intensity.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The typical earthiness from this vineyard very much characterizes the somber red and blue berry fruit aromas and continues onto the moderately rich and concentrated middle weight flavors that possess good if not truly special depth and length. I like this and it should be good in time. Note that it developed significantly with an hour's aeration.
*Cellar Selection* By Fiddlestix Vineyard or even by coastal California Pinot Noir standards, this Pinot is light in body, tart, tannic and austere. It avoids lush immediacy in favor of extreme dryness and fruit that's subtle—only suggesting flavors of cherry and cola. What is apparent is its minerality and earthiness. Complex and indifferent to today’s taste for sweet fruit, this wine wants some time to develop. Best after 2015.
Joe Davis is straightforward, frank and tells it like it is, or at least as he sees it. Davis’s time in Burgundy, and in particular the year he spent at Dujac in 1994/1995, remains a deeply formative experience. One of the many unique attributes of the Arcadian wines is that they are released with several years of bottle age, as opposed to the majority of Central Coast wines, which are released as soon as they are bottled. The Arcadian Pinots and Syrahs are made with a high percentage of stems, typically in the 80-100% range.