In 1988, the late Fess Parker bought a 714-acre ranch in the pastoral Foxen Canyon. The Texas-born actor, who played the television roles of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the 1950’s and 1960’s had his children join him, planting a five-acre in 1989. Eli, his son, started as assistant winemaker and spent three years under the tutelage of acclaimed enologist Jed Steele before taking the helm. Eli then planted more vines and started a four-year project to build a cutting-edge winery and tasting room. The wines we will peruse this Saturday show the direction the Parker family has taken in expanding the portfolio to include other labels in the program. Joining us will be Deborah Ellis, Sales Manager for the US from Southern California to Colorado.
2015 Fess Parker Chardonnay, Ashley’s Vineyard
List price 35.00; Our price 29.99
The Ashley's is a beautiful, classic Chardonnay that saw 40% new French oak imparting to the wine orchard fruits, buttered citrus and toasty/brioche-like nuances. The wine has bright acidity and a good finish. It received a 91-point rating from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: “The 2015 Chardonnay Ashley's Vineyard opens with lemon curd, white grapefruit and yuzu [small grapefruit] scents over suggestions of allspice, croissant and honeysuckle. The elegant, medium-bodied palate offers plenty of zesty citrus and spice layers, with a nice touch of silkiness and good length.”
2016 Parker Station Pinot Noir, Central Coast
List price 15.00; Our price 12.99
This medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir displays enticing cherry, plum, and strawberry fruit flavors on the nose and palate, complemented by nuances of spice, clove, and herbs with a hint of toasty oak. It is round, balanced and eminently enjoyable with pizza or minestrone soup, rack of lamb or grilled salmon.
2014 Fess Parker Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
List price 26.00; Our price 24.50
This fine effort shows aromas of cherry, forest floor, black tea, baking spices, strawberry and vanilla. On the palate, it unfolds flavors of cherry, cranberry, red currant, herbs, raspberry and vanilla. Wine Spectator gives it 90 points: “Powerful and well-structured, with savory accents to the red currant, plum and spiced cherry flavors that feature some creamy notes. Hints of mocha show on the richly spiced finish. Drink now through 2020.”
2015 Epiphany Gypsy, Santa Barbara County
List price 25.00; Our price 19.99
The Rhone style Gypsy offers aromas of cherry, red plum, black raspberry, Kirsch liqueur, lavender, baking spices, cinnamon and vanilla. On the palate, it gives off notes of black cherry, boysenberry, herbs, red currant, chocolate and vanilla. The blend is: 39% Mourvèdre, 35% Grenache, 17% Cinsault and 9% Counoise.
2015 Fess Parker “The Big Easy”
List price 30.00; Our price 26.99
Fess Parker wanted to pay homage to one of his favorite cities, the culinary mecca of New Orleans which, in turn, supports Fess Parker wines. This well-structured blend has the same characteristics you have come to expect from this perennial favorite, rich dark fruit flavors with a touch of oak, and soft tannins leading to a long lengthy finish. The blend is: 69% Syrah, 18% Petite Sirah, 11% Grenache and 2% Mourvèdre.
2015 Epiphany Petite Sirah, Rodney’s Vineyard
List price 30.00; Our price 26.99
Opaque with an inky dark purple hue, the 2015 Petite Sirah offers classic aromas of dark berries with high-toned notes of blueberry, boysenberry and blackberry. It blankets the palate with notes of blueberry, currant, dark chocolate, cinnamon/spice, dried herbs, vanilla, tar and a touch of smoked meat. This wine is meant to be savored with smoked or roasted meats, and because of its natural acidity can hold up to richer more fatty foods. It would benefit from decanting for one to two hours prior to serving.
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