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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Fess Parker Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2004
Fess Parker Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2004
(search item no. 84496)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Plenty of spice, cola and dark cherry are present on the nose of this terrific example of Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. Brighter cherry and raspberry flavors shine through on the palate with the inclusion of more of the cold climate Santa Rita Hills fruit. Excellent with duck, lamb and anything you would care to barbecue!

Vineyard Sources: 36% Ashley's Vineyard from Fess Parker Estate in Santa Rita Hills, 22% Bien Nacido Vineyard, 20% White Hills Vineyard, 16% Stephen's Vineyard & 6% Lake Marie Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley.

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About Fess Parker:

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.