TN: 2003 Arcadian Pinot Noir Francesca's Cuvée - WOW

  • 2003 Arcadian Pinot Noir Francesca’s Cuvée - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (10/20/2013)
    P&P’ed. This baby was ready to go last night. Within 15 minutes of being poured the aromatics were stunning with forest floor, cherry pie and some haunting spices. Palate was off the charts delicious with perfect balance. Can’t start to describe the sensation in the mouth but it was very pleasurable. As close to the perfect pinot that I have had the pleasure of imbibing. Francesca should be very happy on her 21st birthday, hopefully she has a pallet of this stuff!

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Definitely the best pinot I have had from Arcadian, so glad to have some more bottles in cellar. Worth seeking out for immediate pleasure.

Would love to have a couple of bottle of this and HDH has it in stock, but they will not ship to me. :frowning:

Get in your car and drive, it’s that good!

I haven’t touched any of mine yet - Interestingly, CT shows a market value of $18, which is WAY below what I paid for mine from the winery/GCS.

Thanks for the note

I almost pulled the 2006 on Friday night, but thought it might be too soon, and put it back. This note, however, is tempting me.

That price looks like the result of an auction at Wine Market Journal.


I would suggest waiting Diane as these are made for the long haul. Give it another 3 years.

Yep, I have a 2001 Sleepy Hollow that I’ll get to first.

I haven’t touched my 2001 Francesca’s yet either

Just opened an '01 Sleepy Hollow yesterday and was very impressed.

Available directly from the winery.

Disclosure: I have a commercial interest in Arcadian Winery.

I appreciate the disclosure… I bought some wine anyhow.



Wow. Been a long time since I have had this and I haven’t touched any of my own bottles. Sounds like it is time to pay a visit. Thanks for the note.


If we ever get together for lunch, this and a LF.

Yes! This week?

That would be perfect.

2003 Arcadian Pinot Noir Francesca’s Cuvée - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (1/16/2015)
– decanted four hours before tasting –
– tasted single-blind on Day 1, and non-blind on Day 2 –
– Blend of the following: one barrel from the Pisoni vineyard and one barrel of clone 4 Pommard from the Fiddlestix vineyard, 30 gallons of Dierberg vineyard clone 5 Pommard and 30 gallons of Dierberg vineyard clone 13 –

NOSE: Day 1: cherry; earthy; tar (blind, I thought this was the ’05 Pisoni, which was served blind alongside). Day 2: clean; red-fruited; faint tar/asphalt note; hints of earth and mineral; moderately expressive with medium or medium+ complexity.

BODY: dark garnet color of medium-deep depth; very slight shading of brick at the wine’s edges; medium-light bodied.

TASTE: Day 1: high acid; purple-fruited; earthy; extremely good. Day 2: smooth; ripe fruits — plums, blackberry; medium-light leather note; high acid; 13.2% alc. not noticeable; impressive concentration of fruit; no tannin; drink now and over at least the next 5 years — and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this go much further than that, really. Very excellent wine!

50, 5, 12, 18, 9 = (94 pts.)

Thanks for checking back in Brian.
Sounds great.
I need to get some more of this stuff.

I doubt you’d be disappointed if you do, Dennis! [cheers.gif]

Drank a 2000 Garys’ Syrah last weekend. Tremendous. Received it thru the club membership. Given the provenance and price, it’s awful hard to beat.