November 29, 2010

Wines I'm Thankful For: Arcadian

I've posted many times here on one of my favorite California wineries: Arcadian. Joe Davis, winemaker and owner of Arcadian, strives to make wines that "Challenge the Style of the New World." His Pinot Noirs, Syrah, and Chardonnay speak of old world sensibilities; they show lower alcohol levels, bright acidity, and most have the ability to age longer than most of their California counterparts.

It is also a bit of a Thanksgiving tradition for me to open some Arcadian wines on Turkey Day. This year, I opened another 1997 Pinot Sleepy Hollow, as well as the 2005 Fiddlestix.

The 1997 was memorable once again. The wine looked mature; it was a cloudy pinkish-orange in the glass. There was, as is often characteristic of Arcadian pinots, still a good dose of lively acid keeping the wine feeling fresh. Tart cherry fruit and cranberry notes danced amidst a nose that smelled smoky and slightly funky. A great example of California Pinot Noir with some age on it.
The 2005 Fiddlestix was good, but not showing nearly the tertiary characteristics of the older Sleepy Hollow. It was still rather primary and probably needs another few years to shed its youthfulness. Still, it was another good wine with which to celebrate the holidays.


  1. I swear you must work for Arcadian :)

  2. Ha! I have had an offer to work harvest one year, but not yet. I buy these with my hard earned money! Now, back to work ;- 0