Fess Parker Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2002
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.
The Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard grew out of Fess' vision for the promise of Santa Barbara County as a premier viticultural region. Established in 1989, the family immediately began planting some of the county's most renowned vineyards. Outstanding fruit sources coupled with skilled winemaking are at the core of delivering wines of the highest quality to our consumer. We are proud to boast two Winemaker of the Year recipients – Eli Parker and Blair Fox – focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, primarily from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, and estate grown Syrah and Viognier.
The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.
Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.
While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.