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2017 Etude Forte Fiddlestix Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

2017 Etude Forte Fiddlestix Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Etude

2017 Etude Forte Fiddlestix Vineyard Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

$32.50
The Price was
$70.00
The discounted Price
$32.50
$390.00
The Price was
$840.00
The discounted Price
$390.00

Description

Description

Sta. Rita Hills is home to some of Santa Barbara’s best-known Pinot Noirs and occupies the western portion of Santa Ynez Valley between Buellton and Lompoc. The region’s east-to-west orientation, extreme proximity to the Pacific Ocean and ancient marine bed soils are perfect for world class Pinot Noir.

Awards & Accolades

  • 93

    Wine Enthusiast

    "Dark-berry aromas meet with a touch of warm toast on the nose of this rich single-vineyard expression. It’s big on the palate, with loads of flavors and strong acidity, showing boysenberry, red currant and white pepper. A bit more time is required for everything to align.” - Matt Kettmann, November 2020

  • 93

    Wine Advocate

    "Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2017 Pinot Noir Forte-Fiddlestix Vineyard gives up seriously earthy characters of forest floor, damp soil and mossy tree bark over a core of fresh blackberries, red currant jelly and Black Forest cake. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers loads of elegance and grace with firm, fine-grained tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing on a lingering mineral note. 399 cases were made.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, August 13th, 2020

  • 93

    Wine Enthusiast

    “Dark-berry aromas meet with a touch of warm toast on the nose of this rich single-vineyard expression. It’s big on the palate, with loads of flavors and strong acidity, showing boysenberry, red currant and white pepper. A bit more time is required for everything to align.” - Matt Kettmann

Wine & Vintage Details

Tasting Note

This vintage of Forté is pretty and elegant with intense fruit concentration, structure and depth. This Pinot is youthful and vibrant with expressive aromatics of dark red berries, hints of spice from the oak and freshly turned earth minerality. On the palate, the fruit is bright with flavors of red berries, black cherry and currant interwoven with hints of hibiscus flowers and baking spices from the oak integration. Nicely balanced with present acidity and minerality notes, the wine finishes with a lingering savory-ness and persistent length, delivering more layers and complexity as its enjoyed now and for the years to come.

Vintage

For many on the Central Coast, the 2017 vintage was challenging, but for Etude, the major weather impacts that arrived in September were post-harvest, since all fruit was harvested between August 30 and September 5. Just a bit later, in mid-September, the region saw hail, lightning and wind that got growers attention. Record-setting heat, with warm days and nights, impacted fruit. But Etude was spared. In springtime, during bloom, some cooler temperatures and a bit of wind created shatter, with fewer clusters on the vine. But less is more, since flavors were concentrated.

Vineyard & Winemaking Details

Santa Rita Hills AVA

Fiddlestix, Santa Rita Hills

Vineyards

In the heart of Sta. Rita Hills, Fiddlestix Vineyard was deliberately planted for Pinot Noir and the alluring varietal remains not only the vineyard’s, but the appellation’s Forté. Comprised of the finest blocks of the vintage, Etude Forté is a limited bottling that best exemplifies the characteristics of Fiddlestix Vineyard: dense concentration of fruit flavors, natural balance and vibrant acidity.

One of the smaller AVAs in California, Sta. Rita Hills occupies the portion of Santa Ynez Valley west of Highway 101 and is home to some of Santa Barbara’s best-known Pinot Noirs. Located a few miles inland alongside the Santa Ynez River bench at the western end of the transverse-oriented Santa Ynez Valley, Fiddlestix Vineyard receives a consistent draw of Pacific currents, but sits low enough against the hills to achieve some protection from the area’s strong afternoon winds. This unique exposure to coastal breezes and fog ensures cooling influences throughout extended sunny days, which helps to add depth and vibrancy in resulting Pinot Noirs. In 35 small blocks, a variety of rootstocks and clones are planted in well-draining clay loam and calcareous marine shale.

Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were harvested at night to preserve freshness and integrity. They were placed in open-top fermenters for 3-5 days of cold maceration followed by fermentation. A small percentage of the grapes were left as whole cluster to preserve the buoyancy of aromatics of the fruit and to add structure and refinement to the wine. Punch downs were performed during the early stages of fermentation with the extraction becoming gentler as the wine became dry, and followed with a quiet extended maceration to help modify the richness and mouthfeel of the wine. The wine was lightly pressed into small French oak barrels where it rested for 14 months.

Jon Priest - Winemaker

For more than a decade Jon has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma's Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California's Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.

Winemaker Jon Priest

Alcohol % 14%
Enclosure Type Cork
Blend 100% Pinot Noir

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