2012 Dragonette Cellars, Pinot Noir, Fiddlestix Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills.
This is serious stuff, stem inclusion and full of flavor this new Dragonette Fiddlestix is rich, but comes across austere and fashionably Burgundian slash new wave Californian. The unique clonal choices at Kathy Joseph’s Fiddlestix Vineyard and it’s sandy terroir give the wines depth, color and a spicy character, all showing in force here in this vintage and are keenly highlighted by winemaker Brandon Sparks-Gillis, a talent you are going to hear more about over the coming years, this is a talented guy that is exploring the envelop in the Santa Barbara/Sta. Rita Hills region of California’s cool climate Central Coast. The latest Fiddlestix, the 2012 starts with blackberry, cherry and wild plum fruits on the nervy palate with dried flowers, green and black spices, cinnamon and cedary wood notes, everything feels energy filled with good acidic structure and chalky tannins. There is a lot more to come from this wine, best to allow another year in bottle, drink from 2015 to 2019.
($55 Est.) 91+ Points, grapelive
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