Arcadian Winery Sta. Rita Hills
The key here is the quality of the fruit. Joe Davis wherever possible leases vineyard blocks rather than purchasing grapes, providing him with a better vineyard control. He always minimises his yields, focusing on the yield per vine rather than per hectare to optimise the balance of the vineyard. An artisan approach to winegrowing results in stylish, opulent Chardonnay and intense, finely structured Pinot Noir along with a small amount of Syrah from a number of sources. The Chardonnays possess more structure and grip than commonly found on the Central Coast while retaining an exciting level of lightly citrusy, smoky fruit. Pinot comes from a number of cool-climate sites including a pricey but magnificently rich, concentrated and piercingly intense Pisoni Vineyard bottling. Monterey is also the source of a Gary’s Vineyard Pinot, a rich and gamey wine with some smoky oak. It doesn’t attain quite the depth of the Pisoni but a firmly structured backbone will ensure further complexity with 4 or 5 years’ age. This has now been superseded by a Santa Lucia Highlands example. The Fiddlestix Vineyard was added with the 2001 vintage from Kathy Joseph’s (FIDDLEHEAD CELLARS) Sta. Rita Hills site. It is the epitome of cool-climate Pinot in which subtle strawberry fruit is beautifully meshed with subtle oak and the wine posseses the acidity and finely honed mineral structure to promise much with age. Vinification for all the Pinots includes whole-cluster fermentation, cold soaking and completing fermentation in barrel. The wines are bottled without fining or filtration. (DM)
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