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2019 Etude Fiddlestix Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

2019 Etude Fiddlestix Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir


2019 Etude Fiddlestix Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Tasting Notes

This Pinot Noir is bright and cheery with aromas and flavors of lifted red berry fruits, red plums and Bing cherry, alongside notes of ripe nectarine and golden peach. Layers of sweet baking spice notes come through from the well-integrated oak, with nuances of cinnamon and clove, all framed by a lithe texture with vibrant acidity, great balance and a lengthy mouthwatering finish. This Pinot has substance and complexity, making it very appealing to drink now, and also promises much more to come.

Technical Information

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2019
Appellation Santa Rita Hills
Alcohol % 14.8%

Scores & Accolades

  • 93 - “Lovely clarity to this, with cranberry, citrus and hibiscus in the nose. Medium-bodied with fine tannins that give the wine a creamy texture and subtle, focused fruit on the finish. Will age well in an elegant way. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, December 6 2021
  • 91
    Wine Advocate - “Blended from several blocks of this large vineyard, Etude's 2019 Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard offers up bright cherries and a hint of celery seed. It's medium to full-bodied, tart, taut and mouthwatering, with a silky-textured finish.” - Joe Czerwinski, June 2022
  • 93
    Wine Spectator - “Ripe and solidly built but still comes off as lithe and beguiling, featuring a core of gently steeped red and black cherry fruit flavors, which unwind slowly as bergamot, rose water and wood spice notes swirl through. Lovely. Drink now through 2030.” - James Molesworth, May 4, 2022


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 12 months.


Santa Rita Hills AVA

Fiddlestix, Santa Rita Hills

Winemaker Jon Priest