Almost like clockwork, ocean breezes pick up again in the early afternoon, moderating daily temperatures. This maritime influence combined with sedimentary soils with patches of diatomaceous earth and limestone provides an ideal place to grow the appellation’s hallmark Pinot Noir. In each of the wine-growing appellations of California that are pinot-centric, there are a few notable vineyards that define the region, one being Fiddlestix Vineyard located 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley.
Santa Rita Hills
Appellation Santa Rita
Grower Kathy Joseph
Soil Gazos and Botella clay loam, chirt and Monterey shale
Clones Pommard, 667
Production 152 Cases
2020 Auteur Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Unabashed and ravenous, swelling with inky layers. Macerated black raspberries, spruce tips, fig, and cedarbox flowing over a bold core of cassis, black plum, and salty caramel with hints of thyme.