This tremendous wine is from Fess Parker’s estate vineyard in the northeastern Santa Ynez Valley. It is very ripe in black cherry and blackberry fruit. Yet its smoked meat and white pepper notes give it a distinct Rhônish quality. It’s a big, flamboyant wine, but the soft sweetness of the tannins makes it drinkable now.
A rich, lush wine that sports a firm framework of ripe, supple tannins surrounding its core of black cherry, blackberry, currant, plum, spice, anise and herbs. Complex yet smooth and sleek. Long, elegant finish.
Lush in ripe cherry fruit, powerfully spiced, crisp in acids, nicely oaked, and with a fine, silky texture, this is a picture perfect South Coast, cool-climate Pinot Noir. It also has a rich earthiness, and retains the delicacy and elegance that varietal demands.
Deep, but sour berry fruit, herbs and garden-earthy aromas open this balanced, light- to medium-bodied wine. Dark berry fruit persists on the palate, in tandem with tobacco, sour herbs and black pepper. Finishes with dry fruit and tangy pepper notes.
An effusively fruity wine that’s delicious and fun to sip. It offers up a burst of ripe peach, pineapple, honeysuckle, vanilla and cinnamony flavors that last for a long time, accented by good acidity. Defines the floral, fruit-salad approach to a good Viognier.
Shows that it is possible to bottle a high-alcohol wine (16%, in this case) that’s still reasonably balanced. Blackberry, coffee and molasses notes are intense and tasty, while the mouthfeel is richly textured. Blackberry fruit powers through some chewy tannins on the finish, suggesting that a few years of aging isn’t out of the question.