2012 Arcadian Winery “Clos Pepe Vineyard” Santa Rita HIlls

When I came across this wine last week I was immediately transported back in time. I haven’t seen the wines from Arcadian since 2006 when I was waiting tables at Catahoulas in Grand Coteau, and that is a shame because Arcadian Winery may produce the most underrated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, & Syrah in all of California. Maybe all of the New World.

Joseph Davis has been making these oft overlooked wines in the Central Coast of California since 1996. I am personally a fan of the Pinot Noir from Burgundy in France. Generally, I don’t like when a California Pinot says it’s “Made in a Burgundy Style.” In this instance, Joe’s wines are clearly inspired by the great Burgundies, but the definitely maintain their own identity. They are most similar to Burgundy in their aging ability. I had a 2001 Pinot from Arcadian last week and it was absolutely stunning, remarkably fresh.

There are only about 5000 cases of total wine made at Arcadian. Their product is truly special and I highly recommend grabbing some for your own. I’m only ordering what is pre-ordered so make sure to reserve yours by responding to this e-mail.

MySomm Tasting Notes: “Umami aromas of soy, shiitake & leather underly enticing olfactory notes of raspberry, sweet spiced cherry, anise, & minty strawberry. Arcadian’s wines are fermented with the stems so the texture will always be a bit more grippy than your traditional CA Pinot Noirs. In the mouth those moderate tannins surround core flavors of pomegranate, dried plum, & baking spices. The finish is clean and elegant showing delicate tones of mineral and mouthwatering acidity.”

MySomm Price: $69.34