Clear garnet. Big nose of sassafras, sarsaparilla, and nutty goodness culminating in rich round cherry with rooty earthen layers of root-beer and intensely ripe tropical. This is an elegant monster–as Fiddlestix usually are–I’m guessing 14-5 with gobs of smoky goodness and the kind of Pinot fruit that brings you to your knees, but without a whole lot of funk and earth. Certainly no match-head and cedar. Just amazing fruit and ripeness.
In the mouth, way more restrained. Delicate petals of falling fruit and dusty rose clamor for attention beside creases of mineral and the slightly burnt portions of fruit peels and stems. Ridiculously smooth and sophisticated, acid and tannin growing slowly from the middle, making this a fruit-punch pinot dream. Clean goodbyes distill heavy berry into your pores far into the finish, where a slight burn graces the mellow tannins. I’m moving my guess a full point lower after tasting, to 13-5, as the silky pinot wonderfulness massages your throat.
An extremely elegant pinot, one that will hold court with the blingiest of Santa Barbara County bling pinots with ease. Trot this out at your next tasting and blow them away.
2016 CHIRON Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Santa Barbara County 13.4