Fess Parker Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2004
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.
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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
The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked...
The [Napa Valley] and [Cabernet Sauvignon] are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as [Rutherford’s] famous dust or [Stags Leap District's] tart cherry flavors.