As you have probably already surmised, I love Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County. Correction, I love Pinot Noir from any wine growing region of California but I am particularly fond of Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. This is not the first time I have written about Fiddlehead Cellars. Kathy Joseph, owner/winemaker of Fiddlehead Cellars, lives in Davis, CA, and I consider her a neighbor. However, Kathy is so committed to her vineyards in Oregon as well as those in Santa Barbara County that she rarely is in northern California. If she is not tending to or managing the vineyards in either state, she is flitting about the country promoting her wines. And at harvest time we never see her. She is meticulous about vineyard management and is a perfectionist in her winemaking endeavors. While she makes excellent Pinot Noir from Oregon, we only serve wine from California and Italy. And her California Pinot Noir is, in my biased opinion, always superior.
The Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir 2010 Seven Twenty Eight is a delicious wine. The 728 refers to the mile marker 7.28 on Santa Rosa Road within the Sta. Rita hills AVA. Compared to the 2009 vintage, the 2010 Pinot Noir is a bit darker in color, softer on the palate, and has a distinctive dark cherry flavor. The tannins are soft and gentle with a nice touch of acidity on the finish, so characteristic of Kathy Joseph wines. This is Pinot Noir at its best.
For the entire month of August 2014 we are offering the Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir 2010 SevenTwenty Eight at the reduced price of $60 per 750 ml bottle or $15 per glass. Don't miss this opportunity to taste a world class Pinot Noir.
Fiddlehead Cellars Winery is located in the "Wine Ghetto" in Lompoc, Ca, at 1597 East Chestnut Avenue. The tasting room is open only Friday through Sunday. Check with the winery web site for exact hours of operation. If you are in the Santa Barbara County wine region, a visit to the "Wine Ghetto" in Lompoc is a must.