Winery: Fess Parker
Wine Name/Vineyard: Sta. Rita Hills
Wine Category: Pinot Noir
Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Bottle size: 750 ml
Region: Central Coast
State or country: California
Cases produced: N/A
The Barrel Cellar Score: 87
Review date: Feb 1, 2019
Color: Deep purple, however after tilting the glass to allow light through showed burgundy.
Nose: Ripe cherry and berries, raisins, and vanilla.
Taste: This wine has lots of character. It’s full bodied, jammy, has a velvety texture, and has a plethora of strong flavor notes. Smoke is the first thing I taste, followed by oak, dark cherry and cranberry. There is acidity in this wine with a dominant vanilla finish.
Assessment: This wine is California bold. While it boasts strong character, it lacks balance. It’s a mix of strong flavors that just don’t find unity. I would appreciate more tannic structure in this wine; more dryness would balance out the acidity. Additional time in the bottle would also help to mellow the dominant flavors. $30 dollars is a fair value for this wine.
Fess Parker Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is a good choice. 87 points
Pairing recommendation: Dried fruit and dark chocolate.