bsevern wrote:Clark do you have an estimate as to the cellaring potential of the Fiddlestix Pinot Noir?
Despite its delicate, feminine nature, I believe that this wine not only has considerable aging potential in a good cellar, but also will be one of the most rewarding choices to on which to carry out such investigations.
We understand perfectly well why a massive but refined Cabernet Sauvignon such as Crucible can be expected to age for multiple decades, for its tannins will protect it.
How then can one account for a the 2005 "Second Fiddle" Pinot Noir, a wine with little discernable tannin and a color just a few shades darker than a rosé only now just beginning to open its aromatics while steadfastly maintaining its silky, well-knit, even oily texture with no hint of dryness?
When young, I described this wine as a combination of the cherries and tannin structure of clone 115 with the perfume and spice of clone 667. In the last three years, while these characters began to swell and marry, there has slowly emerged elements of truffle and romano which I expect to gain volume and richness over the the next five to ten years.
In 2009, I was treated in Tokyo to a '52 Clos du Roi by my good friend and distributor Nakagawa-san which displayed similar attributes, and was in perfect shape. The wine was extremely light and contained no sediment, yet was perfectly preserved in his extraordinary cellar, and even repaid a couple hours of breathing.
So I will promise you ten years, and after that, we are in the unknown. I can tell you that the wine's moderate maturity and 13.8% alcohol have much to do with its potential for longevity, and it also seems that harmonious, focused wines seem to hold up best, but beyond that, the reasons behind its long arc trajectory are as mysterious to me as anyone.