2004 Summerland Winery Fiddlestix Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 425 cases, $48. Kathy Joseph's 133-acre Fiddlestix Vineyard is one of the finest sites for Pinot Noir in the Santa Rita Hills. Grapes for this wine were Pommard, 113, 667 and 777 clones. · The wine has a beautiful dark violet robe. The aromas and flavors make me think of blackberry jam spread thickly on a hearty piece of toast. There is plenty of spice, some plums as well, and a hint of forest floor. Soft, ripe tannins caress the fruit. The wine is very plush and silky in the mouth and the fruity finish lingers for at least ten seconds. As Mick Jagger would say, "It's only Pinot Noir, but I like it." Reviewed June 5, 2006

Winery: Summerland Winery