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Fess Parker Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2013

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

High toned and fairly piercing on the nose with a trace of seashell or sea air adding a nice freshening note to fine aromas of plum skin and raspberry accented with a light tarragon note, with air moves in to become more assertive before backing off again. Very fresh in the mouth and nicely sappy with a bit of baby fat packed around a beautifully focused core of fruit. This is light on its feet, though richly packed with wonderfully nuanced black raspberry, cherry pit, pomegranate seed, and wild strawberry fruit flavors that hint at wood spice and soil tones. This is absolutely seductive in the mouth with superbly judged tannins and a nice, almost aggressive soil/mineral and herb background for the fruit. The finish is clean, and fresh with the vague hint of astringency one gets from fruit skins. The wood is again somewhat noticeable, adding a light nutty element to the finish, but the purity of the fruit, with its gentle herbal suggestions and a slight element of grapefruit pith on the finale is more than adequate to handle the wood. It shows a bit of hit, which is the biggest knock against it but this is nonetheless great stuff. 94pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Fess Parker Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 02/14/2011

High toned and fairly piercing on the nose with a trace of seashell or sea air adding a nice freshening note to fine aromas of plum skin and raspberry accented with a light tarragon note, with air moves in to become more assertive before backing off again. Very fresh in the mouth and nicely sappy with a bit of baby fat packed around a beautifully focused core of fruit. This is light on its feet, though richly packed with wonderfully nuanced black raspberry, cherry pit, pomegranate seed, and wild strawberry fruit flavors that hint at wood spice and soil tones. This is absolutely seductive in the mouth with superbly judged tannins and a nice, almost aggressive soil/mineral and herb background for the fruit. The finish is clean, and fresh with the vague hint of astringency one gets from fruit skins. The wood is again somewhat noticeable, adding a light nutty element to the finish, but the purity of the fruit, with its gentle herbal suggestions and a slight element of grapefruit pith on the finale is more than adequate to handle the wood. It shows a bit of hit, which is the biggest knock against it but this is nonetheless great stuff. 94pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/14/2011

Heavy earth on the nose with a good dose of campfire going on. This is almost coconutty with a shading of chocolate covering the cherry fruit. A bit tight and ungiving. Tight on the palate as well, definitely unusually reticent with a fine feel, juicy and bright though with the gentle sweetness of ripeness. This is really not showing enough to pass judgment on at this point. Lot of black cherry and spice on the finish, which continues the earth theme brightening with some astringent red berry notes. The finish gains a distinctly minty note. Patience required though the finish bodes well for the future with its fine length and resonant sweet cherry fruit with just a hint of 5-spice. (89-93)


Member Reviews for Fess Parker Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

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Snooth User: Barcelonaguy
869311206
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 06/26/2011

For the price this is a solid wine....you are going to got a mouth full of ripe fruit! 10 dollar super value


Snooth User: zacharyg
93441061
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 09/17/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535424,422
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 11/21/2011

Our previous memory of this wine over a year ago was a bit above average. Since, it appears this wine had turned and become a bit below average. We will continue to remember this wine as we first enjoyed it; a good Bevmo selection.


Snooth User: Rich Tomko
1034442,868
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 03/18/2011

Nice smooth wine - some peppery spice, berries, with light tannins and low acidity

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Berries

Snooth User: BeautifulCalamity
7729671,946
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 12/30/2012

Great raspberry flavors and wonderful red fruit aromas. Light and smooth.


Snooth User: merlott
56800648
1.00 5
Vintage: 2008 08/30/2010

While this wine had not turned, in was not drinkable. The inital flavor was worse than a sugary box wine followed by an attempt at tannins that just tasted like bad grapes.

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sweet unpalatable

Snooth User: JSRyan
76628245
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/15/2011

Wild berries and red cherries turn to earth and smoke. I got just a bit of pepper in there too.


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External Reviews for Fess Parker Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

Medium- to full-bodied, with enticing cherry, plum and strawberry fruit flavors on the nose and palate, complemented by nuances of spice, cloves and fresh herbs and kissed with a hint of toasty oak.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

Deep crimson in color, this pinot leans toward the full-bodied side, with lots of strawberries and cherries and tell-tale pinot spice and on both the nose and palate. A touch of anise and a decent helping of oak round out the finish on this new effort from the folks at Fess Parker.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

A fuller-style Pinot Noir - dark plum color in the glass with alluring vibrant aromas of red apple skins, blackberry, vanilla and cherries. Mouthfilling style suited for wine drinkers who like a heavy wine.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

From Fess Parker Winery, this nicely structured Pinot Noir has a lot going for it. Bright, candy apple red; aromas of cherry, bourbon, and spice. It balances its spicy cherry pie flavor with soft tannins and undertones of vanilla and toast. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif or with dinner.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

The 2002 Pinot Noir Parker Station is the type of easygoing, value-priced Pinot Noir that is virtually impossible to find. Berry, herb, and earth characterize both the aromatics and the flavors of this 2002. It is designed for immediate consumption.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

This wine has a classic flavor combination featuring dried cherries and herbs, with a bit of smoky oak. A nice, lively backbone of silky tannins supports the fruit and oak seamlessly.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

A well-structured Pinot that offers big, round and supple ripe cherry and raspberry flavors. A hint of leather adds interest as this wine evolves into a long, smooth finish.


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