Toasting Fiddlehead 728 Pinot Noir on 7-28-13

Every day is a good day to drink Fiddlehead ‘728’ Pinot Noir, but it was especially fun to drink it on 7/28/13 when Fiddlehead Winery hosted a National Virtual Toast to celebrate their wine. We headed up to Lompoc for the day where they hosted a party in their tasting room in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto.

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At the party, we tasted through six vintages of Fiddlehead ‘728’ Pinot Noir from the Fiddlestix Vineyard, plus a few other treats.

Fiddlehead ‘728’ Pinot Noir is named after the mile marker 7.28 of the Estate Fiddlestix Vineyard on Santa Rosa Road in the heart of the Sta. Rita appellation. The vineyard has six clones planted which are blended for the Pinot Noir. The cool climate and the terroir influence the wine in that the Fiddlehead Pinot Noirs have great color, spicy aromatics, acidity and notes of smoky, black cherry cola.

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Fiddlehead 2005 ‘728’ Fiddlestix Pinot Noir (Library Wine, not available for sale)
Coming from the library, this 2005 wine is still bright with herbal notes and a little spice up front

Fiddlehead 2006 ‘728’ Fiddlestix Pinot Noir ($50)
The 2006 vintage is very open with notes of bright cherry fruit, flowers as well as savory notes like sage

Fiddlehead 2007 ‘728’ Fiddlestix Pinot Noir ($50)
The 2007 features darker fruit aromas and driven more by floral and fruit notes than earth notes. This wine has great acidity

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Fiddlehead 2008 ‘728’ Fiddlestix Pinot Noir ($42)
Notes of cherry and mushrooms, the 2008 is bright and spicy

Fiddlehead 2009 ‘728’ Fiddlestix Pinot Noir ($42)
A densely packed wine, the 2009 has earthy notes of fig and bramble

Fiddlehead 2010 ‘728’ Fiddlestix Pinot Noir (Future release)
The 2010 is not released yet but with aromas of cola and dark red fruits, this wine is already showing well

We also got to taste a few other Fiddlehead treats!

Fiddlehead 2010 ‘Happy Canyon’ Sauvignon Blanc ($25)
Crisp and bright with great minerality and acidity

Fiddlehead 2012 ‘Pink Fiddle’ Rose of Pinot Noir ($22)
Notes of strawberry and flowers, this is a fun wine….and who doesn’t love pink wine?


Fiddlehead 2009 Lollapalooza Pinot Noir ($75)
This barrel selection of the “Best of the Cellar” is an elegant Pinot Noir that is balanced between fruit and earthy aromas

And to finish off the evening, Owner/Winemaker Kathy Joseph brought out her sparkling wine:


Fiddlehead Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wine 2009
Made from 100% Pinot Noir and made in the traditional Champagne method, this bubbly wine is bright and crisp with yeasty notes.

As not everyone could make it to the tasting room on 7/28, Fiddelhead fans around the country threw their own parties to toast the day.  To see all the celebrations, go to the Fiddlehead Facebook Page where guests posted their photos for a chance to win prizes. One particularly fun post was from a group who worked out with their Fiddlehead 728! Check out the video here!