Fess Parker Winery
2015 Rodney's Vineyard Syrah
Santa Barbara County
"...dense, powerful and super-concentrated. Even so, all the elements are in the right place. Blackberry jam, chocolate, new leather, menthol, licorice and cloves meld together in this bold, flamboyant Syrah. The 2015 is not especially subtle, but it has a lot to offer." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
"Rich black fruit meets with a touch of roasted lamb and rosemary on the classic nose of this Syrah, which was planted in 1989 as a memorial for Fess Parker's late son-in-law. The gamy qualities are much stronger on the sip, with charred lamb and more savory herbs, yet the backdrop is all boysenberry." ~ Wine Enthusiast
"...opens in the glass with a brooding bouquet of smoked meats, warm spices, ripe berry fruit and cocoa. On the palate, it's full-bodied, rich and chewy, carrying a hefty payload of tannin and extract, but with sufficient acidity and intensity of flavor that I wouldn't bet against it coming around with some time in the cellar." ~ Wine Advocate
Our estate vineyard, named in honor of Fess' late son-in-law, was planted in 1989 to predominantly traditional Rhone style varietals. The warm days and cool nighttime temperatures at this vineyard allow for a long growing season and, consequently, great maturity and flavor development in our grapes.
This Syrah is a rich, complex, full-bodied wine exhibiting layers of berry, cherry, cassis, clove, spice, earth, toast and smoke flavors. Enjoyable upon release, this wine will reward those with the patience to cellar it for 8-10 years. Enjoy!