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Fess Parker Ashley's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Member Review by Lauren Whitlinger:

Bright fruit, bold flavor, smooth finish. Full bodied for a Pinot Noir. Can be held 6-8 years.

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Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard:
When Fess Parker was cast in the roll of Davy Crockett in the mid-1950’s, it caused an international sensation and changed his life forever. So too did the purchase of 714 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley change the course of the Parker family’s history. Realizing the potential of Santa Barbara County as a premium grape-growing region, Fess and his son, Eli, originally set out in 1... Read more
When Fess Parker was cast in the roll of Davy Crockett in the mid-1950’s, it caused an international sensation and changed his life forever. So too did the purchase of 714 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley change the course of the Parker family’s history. Realizing the potential of Santa Barbara County as a premium grape-growing region, Fess and his son, Eli, originally set out in 1989 to plant a small vineyard and sell fruit to local producers. But, as Fess’ daughter, Ashley explains, “ Fess is from Texas, so he can’t do anything small. “The Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard now farms almost 700 acres on four vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County. Read less

Member Reviews for Fess Parker Ashley's Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: Lauren Whitlinger
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2013

Bright fruit, bold flavor, smooth finish. Full bodied for a Pinot Noir. Can be held 6-8 years.


Snooth User: Teppo
4231181,045
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 08/10/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,203
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


Snooth User: vinosespanoles
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2007 05/31/2011

Wine on my b-day 52 at Basil Rest in Wausau Very Good!!!


Snooth User: tmpape
79184153
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 07/28/2008

I really enjoyed the 2006 release of Fess Parker's Ashely's Vineyard Pinot Noir. It's a bit young (gave it 4 glasses for now and expect it to go higher the next time I taste it), but I think the balance of smooth tannins, acidity, alcohol and fruit will give it some staying power and in the bottle I tried I detected a hit of that Old World "earthiness" I find in Burgundian wines. Accessible now, will only get better over the next couple of years.


External Reviews for Fess Parker Ashley's Vineyard Pinot Noir

External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/13/2010

This Pinot Noir shows some restraint on the nose, with notes of raspberry, rose petal and sandalwood evident. On the mouth, it shows bold, focused brush stroke of black cherry, cranberry and vanilla.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/13/2010

Aromas of black cherry, raspberry compote, rose petal, cinnamon and graham cracker set the stage for this elegant wine. Black cherry, cranberry an earthy/forest floor element and a touch of minerality are highlighted by the hallmark acidity found in fruit from this cold climate vineyard. A touch of sweet oak frames it all in nicely and makes for terrific aging potential.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/10/2013

The 2007 Pinot Noir Ashleyandrsquo;s Vineyard may turn out to be the longest lived of these Pinots. Its deep ruby/garnet color is accompanied by an evolved nose of spicy black cherries and forest floor. Layered and rich with sweet tannin, impressive concentration, and medium to full-bodied, it will age gracefully for at least 6andndash;8 years. While Fess Parkerandrsquo;s single vineyard and upper level cuvandeacute;es are unquestionably serious wines, he also produces some of the finest values that emerge from Santa Barbara.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 09/23/2011

"Aromas of black cherry


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/03/2012

The most intriguing wine in this quartet is the 2004 Pinot Noir Ashleyrsquo;s Vineyard. This beautifully layered Pinot boasts notes of smoked game, black currants, cherries, underbrush, and forest floor. Layered, dense, rich, and full-bodied with a silky finish, it should evolve for another 7ndash;8 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/10/2013

Tasted in March, 2009, this Pinot was dark, rich and tannic. Clearly too young to really show its best now. But itandrsquo;s an ager. Give it three or four years to let all the parts come together, when the cherries, blackberries, spices and oak should begin to become silky and sweet. Will improve through 2015.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 05/22/2011

Tasted in March, 2009, this Pinot was dark, rich and tannic. Clearly too young to really show its best now. But it's an ager. Give it three or four years to let all the parts come together, when the cherries, blackberries, spices and oak should begin to become silky and sweet. Will improve through 2015.


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