Rusty Gaffaney, “The
Prince of Pinot”, tasted our wines at Pinot Days
in Los Angeles, and had some nice things to say in
"Stephen Russell, the winemaker
at Prodigal Wines in the Sta Rita Hills, was pouring
some lovely Pinot Noirs… His style is all about
restraint and elegance and I am a fan. He was pouring
several Pinot Noirs. They were strikingly well crafted
and very sensibly priced, all scheduled for April release
but available at 10% off pre-release pricing including:
2007 Fiddlestix Vineyard (50 cases, $35), 2007 2 Vineyards
2A (50 cases, $45, clone 2A from Rancho la Viña
at the western end of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, and
clone 2A from Rio Vista Vineyard at the eastern end
of the AVA, alluring rose petal nose), and 2007 Estate-Grown
(92 cases, $50, remarkable aromatics).”
in a classic SRH style, a vibrantly fruity, silky young
Pinot, front-loaded for early drinking. Shows clean,
brightly intense cherry, raspberry, rosehip tea, cola
and Asian spicebox flavors, with a long, dry finish.
handful of GrapeNutz visited the estate vineyard in
August 2006 and tasted the 2005 vintage wine as individual
barrel samples, as well as getting a sneak preview of
what was to be the final blends.
"...a commanding view looking north
toward the Santa Rosa Hills, and slightly west to the
Santa Rita Hills. From this upper bench, we went down
to look at the lower vineyard. It was a steep drop down
the side of the hill on the east side of the property,
and some of us elected to traverse the hill to bottom,
while the rest of us drove a couple of cars down to
the lower vineyard via an access road. Steve has the
property farmed by Central Coast wizard, Jeff Newton,
and pays Jeff's minimum fee to keep him involved - which
is a statement in itself about Steve's determination
to get the best fruit."
2005 Prodigal Pinot Noir - Sta. Rita
This was the final blend on the Appellation bottling.
Lots of black cherry and wild strawberry aromas in the
nose. Edgy and structured in mouthfeel, this shows huge
2005 Prodigal Pinot Noir - Estate, Sta.
This final blend on the Estate bottling is 60% 777 and
40% 667. Much more to the black cherry side of things,
with a very smooth and refined mouthfeel and very nice
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Prince of Pinot also paid us a visit in Spring 2007.
"...his project is a work in progress.
I was impressed by his wine knowledge and scientific
background which should hold him in good stead. In addition,
Mary is developing a sophisticated wine palate, and
her contributions to blending decisions will be invaluable."
2005 Prodigal Sta. Rita Hills
Appellation Pinot Noir
Aging was in a mixture of new and neutral French oak
barrels (made in the USA by World Cooperage of Missouri)
for 12-16 months. This is a polished wine with delicate
cherry, tea, and pepper flavors. Tannins are reined
in, and it finishes with a tangy acidic edge.
2005 Prodigal Quinta Santa Rosa
Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
A richer and more creamy Pinot than the one above, it
has a velvety mouth feel and bright red fruits on a
long finish. A very attractive ethereal style.
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