Arcadian Tasting

Shari's Condo

Tasted March 18, 2017 by galewskj with 214 views

Introduction

I organized this Arcadian tasting because they are one of my favorite domestic producers. Sadly, the wines could have showed better. The Pinot noir's were particularly disappointing.

Flight 1 (2 notes)

White
2008 Arcadian Chardonnay Sleepy Hollow Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
92 points
Decanted 1 hour. This was was surprisingly vibrant with acidity. It also had a lemon, beeswax, minerality thing, with a small amount of oak. I like the balance here. I'm wondering if the higher acidity is due to decanting, which I didn't do for the previous 8 bottles I had.
White
2010 Arcadian Chardonnay Clos Pepe Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
91 points
Decanted 1 hour. This chardonnay had the same vibrant acidity as the 2008 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow. It had a little more golden fruit, and a little less complexity. The same lemon and beeswax persist on the finish.

Flight 2 (4 notes)

Red
2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
87 points
Decanted 2 hours - which was probably a mistake. This wine is quite complex and savory, with mushroom, oak spice and green herbs. Unfortunately, it also tastes rather elderly. The palate is a bit hollow and the mouthfeel seems fragile.
Red
2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley
90 points
Decanted 2 hours, which seemed right. Lean, elegant, great balance. Flowers, cranberries, spice and some musk.
Red
2006 Arcadian Pinot Noir Jill's Cuvée USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley
87 points
Decanted 1 hour. Cranberry, zippy acidity, and forest floor. This seemed a bit bitter and slightly angular. I didn't mind drinking this, but it wasn't very compelling.
Red
2009 Arcadian Pinot Noir Francesca's Cuvée USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands
89 points
Decanted 4 hours. Bright fruit that also manages to be somewhat dark. At this stage it seems heavily oaked, which is slightly enjoyable, but kind of unbalanced. The fruit was pretty and big. I liked this wine, but given the bottling and the price, this was a disappointment. (WINEGLAS : I would not mistake it for Aussie shiraz).

Flight 3 (5 notes)

Red
2004 Arcadian Syrah Westerly Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley
flawed
Corked
Red
2005 Arcadian Syrah Westerly Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley
92 points
Pop and pour, as this was a replacement for a corked bottle. It also showed REALLY well. Coincidence?

Firing on all cylinders right now, and I'm sorry that this is my last bottle. Dark fruit, smoke, leather, nice old world character.
Red
2007 Arcadian Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley
88 points
Decanted 30 minutes. Loads of pepper. Loads. The flavor is quite intense, with distinct beef blood. Balance is lacking here, and some heat on the finish. Overall, the positives and negatives even out to a relatively happy 88.
Red
2008 Arcadian Syrah Stolpman Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley
91 points
Decanted 1 hour, and this is drinking quite well. Good earth, floral and savory.
Red
2004 Arcadian Syrah Hommage à Max USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley
92 points
Splash decanted. Not quite as good as the bottle I opened a couple months ago, but close. Great concentration and depth. Leather, earth, garrigue, cured meats. There is a bit of heat on the finish, but the wine is big enough that it carries it.

Flight 4 (1 note)

White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Château Suduiraut France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
92 points
Mostly sweet and fruity. A little spice and butterscotch, but not much. A good Sauternes for sure but I hope some complexity shows up with age.
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