Fess Parker Winery
2015 Parker West Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
Our single vineyard and small lot releases enable us to deliver some of our finest expressions of Pinot Noir by concentrating on specific vineyards, clonal selections or techniques. The Parker West Vineyard is a dynamic site planted in sandy soils on a windswept hillside several miles from the cold Pacific Ocean.
This Pinot Noir exhibits a true sense of place offering forward notes of black cherry, red plum, wild strawberry and floral notes supported by attractive mineral and spicy notes. This is a structured Pinot Noir that retains elegance and gracefulness due to bright natural acidity.
"...this bottling is fabulously complex. It shows dense dried fruit and turned earth aromas, along with chaparral, smoke, clove and nutmeg. Those wild elements figure strongly on the sip, which shows thyme, rosemary and sagebrush accents around a core of plum, pomegranate and hibiscus flavors. A vanilla flair graces the finish." ~ Wine Enthusiast
"...reveals a pale to medium ruby-purple color and brightly scented nose of Bing cherries, red currants and lavender with touches of garrigue and tree bark. Medium-bodied, fine and fresh in the mouth, it has soft, silky tannins and plenty of vitality, finishing with red berry and earth layers." ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2015 Pinot Noir Parker West is another excellent wine from a site in the Sta. Rita Hills. Black cherries, wild strawberries, hard candy and flowers all flow to a medium-bodied, supple, nicely textured Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 4-5 years." ~ Jeb Dunnuck