2018 Fess Parker Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills
2018 Fess Parker Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
Winemaker Notes; Aromas of black cherry, sassafras, forest floor, baking spices, black tea, vanilla and sandalwood. Flavors of black cherry, red plum, milk chocolate, cranberry, wild strawberry, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.
Critical Acclaim WEWine Enthusiast; This widely available and fairly priced wine starts with aromas of tightly wound red fruit and dusty minerals. The palate deftly balances density with lifted acidity, carrying flavors of roasted cherry and root beer spice
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”
A superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.
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.