2005 WineSmith “2nd Fiddle” Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir 750ml 2-Pack
Fiddlestix is a magical playground of differing sites and clonal selections, owned and farmed by Kathy Joseph. Clark Smith admires her wines and has wished for many years to do a Pinot project with her, having come to know her as a former UC Davis study partner who then went on to found the wonderful Fiddlehead Cellars brand in the early 1980’s. Later, she planted the Fiddlestix Vineyard in the famed Santa Rita Hills appellation of the cool central coast with a mélange of sexy scions.
Collaborations with Kathy and the ’05 Fiddlestix fruit were most enlightening. With the goal of creating a “complete” wine, WineSmith blended equal parts of Dijon clones 115, noted for tannin structure and cherry fruit, with Clone 667, from which comes perfume and spice. The cuvee was aged in neutral French oak barriques for nineteen months before bottling.
To make a wine of freshness, energy and integrity which would age well, WineSmith was fastidious to pick only mature, but not overripe fruit, with the resulting final alcohol at just 13.8%. Still dense and energetic, the Second Fiddle Pinot has begun to fulfill its promise. Please keep some in your cellar for 5 -10 more years to taste it at its very best.