Fess Parker Bien Nacido Pinot Noir 2009
The 2009 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard emerges from the glass with layers of bright, floral red fruit. Sweet spices, licorice, flowers and raspberries follow, adding lift and brightness on the finish. This needs time to absorb its 80% new oak barrels, but it is a class act all the way. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.
A beautiful Pinot Noir, dry, rich and voluptuous. It’s delicious, with a round mellow feeling, but good tannins give it a firm edge. The ripe flavors suggest cherries, Dr. Pepper cola and sandalwood.
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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... View More