The wine has a perfumed bouquet of grape-fruit, fig, jalapeno, apricot, pear, and almond with floral highlights. The flavors of citrus, pear, melon, and herb are veryful with good depth followed by along, fruity, herb etched finish.
Fiddlehead Cellars Winery
Kathy Joseph established Fiddlehead Cellars to capture the pure essence of the two grape varieties that she loves best - Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Fiddlehead's Sauvignon Blanc wines hail from the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley in Happy Canyon, while her estate Pinot Noirs showcase the cooler Santa Rita Hills in the western-most part of the transverse valley of Santa Barbara AVA. As one with a passion for the nuances of place, Kathy also crafts Pinot Noir from Oregon's Willamette Valley.
Fiddlehead produces approximately 5,000 cases of wine each year at "FiddleHeadquarters", their winery in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. Once bottled, most of the wines age at least another year in their temperature controlled facility so that the diverse components of the wine are married and integrated, yet still layered with a pleasing complexity.
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The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Grape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.