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Fess Parker Syrah Santa Barbara County Rodney's Vineyard 2007

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Awards Accolades: <strong>93 Points</strong> – <em>Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate</em><br/><br/> <strong>93 Points</strong> – <em>The Rhone Report</em><br/><br/> <strong>90 Points</strong> – <em>Stephen Tanzer</em><br/><br/> About This Wine: The grapes from this Syrah are grown on our estate vineyard where the winery is located. Layers of boysenberry, blueberry, black pepper and smoked meat mingle with sage, all spice and bacon on the nose. An irresistible combination of flavors including blueberry, plum, cassis, dark chocolate, vanilla and dried herbs are truly pleasing on the palate.<br/><br/> About The Winery: 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.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> The characters Fess portrayed, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, inspired generations of Americans. Throughout the late 1950’s and 1960’s Fess was at the pinnacle of a television career that has an unprecedented impact upon American popular culture. But is was Fess’ entrepreneurial spirit that prompted his leaving Hollywood to go into business for himself. The traits that Crockett and Boone embodied - integrity, resourcefulness and good humor-carried over to Fess’ personal life and formed the foundation upon which the family business was built. First-class hospitality has always been at the core of their ventures, first as hoteliers and eventually with the opening of the winery.<br/><br/> Working as a family has always been a great source of pride and pleasure for the Parker family. Eli Parker began in the family business as assistant winemaker in 1989. After several years of learning the craft at the side of renowned and accomplished winemakers, Eli took the reigns as winemaker himself with the 1995 vintage. A leader of the winery since it’s inception, it was in 1996 that Eli formally assumed the title and responsibilities of President. In the early 1990’s, Ashley ran the first tastings out of the barrel room and represented the winery at trade shows. In 1998, Ashley became Eli’s partner, working on the public relations and sales and marketing teams. The presence of Fess and his wife Marcy as the founding visionaries of the winery is a vital and enduring one.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: <strong>BLAIR FOX</strong> - Head Winemaker - Graduating from UC Davis in 1999 with a combined degree in Viticulture and Enology, Blair Fox gained winemaking experience at Sunstone Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley (1999-2001), and at Haselgrove Winery – a custom-crush winery in McLaren Vale, Australia (2003).<br/><br/> He also traveled through France’s Rhône Valley before returning to his hometown of Santa Barbara. He then joined Fess Parker Winery Vineyard as Associate Winemaker, overseeing the Rhône varietal wines. Fox had previously consulted in the vineyard for the winery’s 2002 harvest.<br/><br/> “Having focused on the winery’s estate Syrah and Rhône varietal vineyards, I’m excited to add on the responsibility for Ashley’s and Bien Nacido vineyards and control the Burgundian part of our portfolio (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay),” said Fox. “The vineyards and clonal selection here are of such high quality, and the Parkers are a great family to work for.”<br/><br/> Fox continues the stylistic direction set by Eli Parker when capturing the terroir of the vineyards. He aims to continue raising the bar for the award-winning Fess Parker wines, such as the 2001 Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah (91pts, Wine Advocate), 2002 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir (93pts, Wine Spectator), and 2001 American Tradition Reserve Syrah, (92pts, Wine Advocate).<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>VINEYARD SOURCE:</strong> 100% RODNEY’S VINEYARD LOCATED IN THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, BLOCK F<br/><br/> <strong>COMPOSITION:</strong> 100% SYRAH, CLONE: SHENANDOAH<br/><br/> <strong>BARREL AGING:</strong> 22 MONTHS IN 40 NEW FRENCH x%x AMERICAN OAK<br/><br/> <strong>COOPERAGE:</strong> REMOND, FRANCOIS FRERES, ERMITAGE, MEYRIEUX<br/><br/> <strong>HARVEST DATE:</strong> OCTOBER 9TH<br/><br/> <strong>BRIX:</strong> 25.8 – 26.4<br/><br/> <strong>ALCOHOL:</strong> 14.5% ALCOHOL BY VOLUME<br/><br/> <strong>P.H.:</strong> 3.82<br/><br/> <strong>T.A.:</strong> .686G/100ML<br/><br/> <strong>PRODUCTION:</strong> 2092-6 PACK CASES<br/><br/>

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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 Syrah Santa Barbara County Rodney's Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,803
4.00 5
02/08/2011

Downright smoky on the nose with a deep base of beefy jerky covered with notes of mocha, vanilla bean, tobacco, light cracked pepper, and sweet, candied fruits. There's an incipient floral tone and something vaguely herbal as well but he oak is quite dominant at the moment. this is a bit dense and heavy up front with an amorphous mid-palate. The acidity is there as are the tannins but the sheer weight of the wine seems to be tamping alot of the flavor down. There are lovely inner mouth perfumes of flowers, lightly toasted spices, a hint of citron peel, and some blue fruits but on the backend it reverts to more toasty, tobacco toned flavors. The finish is a bit hot and quite spicy with wood driven flavors that add in some maple bacon to the spice tones and lay over the bright red and blue fruits. Still young and disjointed this is a wine that trades power for elegance or complexity. 89pts



Awards Accolades: <strong>93 Points</strong> – <em>Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate</em><br/><br/> <strong>93 Points</strong> – <em>The Rhone Report</em><br/><br/> <strong>90 Points</strong> – <em>Stephen Tanzer</em><br/><br/> About This Wine: The grapes from this Syrah are grown on our estate vineyard where the winery is located. Layers of boysenberry, blueberry, black pepper and smoked meat mingle with sage, all spice and bacon on the nose. An irresistible combination of flavors including blueberry, plum, cassis, dark chocolate, vanilla and dried herbs are truly pleasing on the palate.<br/><br/> About The Winery: 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.<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> The characters Fess portrayed, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, inspired generations of Americans. Throughout the late 1950’s and 1960’s Fess was at the pinnacle of a television career that has an unprecedented impact upon American popular culture. But is was Fess’ entrepreneurial spirit that prompted his leaving Hollywood to go into business for himself. The traits that Crockett and Boone embodied - integrity, resourcefulness and good humor-carried over to Fess’ personal life and formed the foundation upon which the family business was built. First-class hospitality has always been at the core of their ventures, first as hoteliers and eventually with the opening of the winery.<br/><br/> Working as a family has always been a great source of pride and pleasure for the Parker family. Eli Parker began in the family business as assistant winemaker in 1989. After several years of learning the craft at the side of renowned and accomplished winemakers, Eli took the reigns as winemaker himself with the 1995 vintage. A leader of the winery since it’s inception, it was in 1996 that Eli formally assumed the title and responsibilities of President. In the early 1990’s, Ashley ran the first tastings out of the barrel room and represented the winery at trade shows. In 1998, Ashley became Eli’s partner, working on the public relations and sales and marketing teams. The presence of Fess and his wife Marcy as the founding visionaries of the winery is a vital and enduring one.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: <strong>BLAIR FOX</strong> - Head Winemaker - Graduating from UC Davis in 1999 with a combined degree in Viticulture and Enology, Blair Fox gained winemaking experience at Sunstone Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley (1999-2001), and at Haselgrove Winery – a custom-crush winery in McLaren Vale, Australia (2003).<br/><br/> He also traveled through France’s Rhône Valley before returning to his hometown of Santa Barbara. He then joined Fess Parker Winery Vineyard as Associate Winemaker, overseeing the Rhône varietal wines. Fox had previously consulted in the vineyard for the winery’s 2002 harvest.<br/><br/> “Having focused on the winery’s estate Syrah and Rhône varietal vineyards, I’m excited to add on the responsibility for Ashley’s and Bien Nacido vineyards and control the Burgundian part of our portfolio (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay),” said Fox. “The vineyards and clonal selection here are of such high quality, and the Parkers are a great family to work for.”<br/><br/> Fox continues the stylistic direction set by Eli Parker when capturing the terroir of the vineyards. He aims to continue raising the bar for the award-winning Fess Parker wines, such as the 2001 Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah (91pts, Wine Advocate), 2002 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir (93pts, Wine Spectator), and 2001 American Tradition Reserve Syrah, (92pts, Wine Advocate).<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>VINEYARD SOURCE:</strong> 100% RODNEY’S VINEYARD LOCATED IN THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, BLOCK F<br/><br/> <strong>COMPOSITION:</strong> 100% SYRAH, CLONE: SHENANDOAH<br/><br/> <strong>BARREL AGING:</strong> 22 MONTHS IN 40 NEW FRENCH x%x AMERICAN OAK<br/><br/> <strong>COOPERAGE:</strong> REMOND, FRANCOIS FRERES, ERMITAGE, MEYRIEUX<br/><br/> <strong>HARVEST DATE:</strong> OCTOBER 9TH<br/><br/> <strong>BRIX:</strong> 25.8 – 26.4<br/><br/> <strong>ALCOHOL:</strong> 14.5% ALCOHOL BY VOLUME<br/><br/> <strong>P.H.:</strong> 3.82<br/><br/> <strong>T.A.:</strong> .686G/100ML<br/><br/> <strong>PRODUCTION:</strong> 2092-6 PACK CASES<br/><br/>

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