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Fess Parker Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Ashley's Vineyard 2006

Member Review by tmpape:

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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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
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Member Reviews for Fess Parker Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Ashley's Vineyard

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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 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Ashley's Vineyard

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
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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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

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.



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