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 h... Read more
The most intriguing wine in this quartet is the 2004 Pinot Noir Ashley's Vineyard. This beautifully layered Pinot boasts notes of smoked game, blac... Read more
The 2007 Pinot Noir Ashley's Vineyard may turn out to be the longest lived of these Pinots. Its deep ruby/garnet color is accompanied by an evolved... Read more
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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.
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The most intriguing wine in this quartet is the 2004 Pinot Noir Ashley'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 7-8 years.
The 2007 Pinot Noir Ashley'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 6-8 years. While Fess Parker's single vineyard and upper level cuvées are unquestionably serious wines, he also produces some of the finest values that emerge from Santa Barbara.
Pretty acidic and tannic, with the hard mouthfeel containing flavors of red cherries, bitter cherryskin, currants and cloves. With a dry, astringent finish, the wine may need a few years to come around.
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.
Bright red. Exotically perfumed scents of red and dark berry preserves, with potpourri and spice notes adding complexity. Juicy and alluring sweet black raspberry and candied rose flavors are energetic and unencumbered by tannins. The brisk finish shows a resonating dark berry quality.
Dark red. Sexy, floral-dominated bouquet of cherry, sassafras, rose, magnolia and Asian spices. Tangy, sharply focused red berry flavors gain depth and sweetness with air, picking up tangy mineral and floral pastille qualities. A strikingly lively and balanced wine that finishes with excellent mineral lift and thrust.
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