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.
Fiddlestix Vineyard Pinot Noir always shows a sense of elegance, with silky, glossy tannins—and this vintage continues that tradition. Plush and round, full without being overly heavy, savory notes are shared with aromas and flavors of pomegranate, raspberry and plum with a touch of oak spice and toasted graham cracker. The finish lingers, long and satisfying. While restraint and finesse are sometimes used with this wine, in this vintage it’s more of a statement wine, and the statement is clear: This is a fine example of what defines the Santa Rita Hills.
The extended drought was beginning to cause concern as the 2016 growing season began. However,
a very warm spring and early summer with almost no rain allowed the fruit to ripen at a steady and
deliberate pace. July and August brought cool nights and gentle warmth to the Sta. Rita Hills to allow
the smaller-sized crop to mature perfectly, producing small berries in pristine condition. The drier-thannormal
conditions and the region’s abundant sunshine resulted in wines with excellent concentration,
balance, color and intensity, resulting in Pinot Noir fruit showing exceptional depth and finesse.
Crafted with the same minimal winemaking techniques no matter the growing region, Etude Pinot Noir purely reflects the unique essence and character of the vineyard, maintaining Etude’s signature hallmarks of aromatic intrigue, vibrancy of expression and depth in ageability.