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Fess Parker Winery

2015 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills

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Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Advocate


We are thrilled to introduce a new addition to our beloved Pinot Noir lineup. While new to us, this is really the vineyard that started it all in Santa Barbara County. In vintage 2015 we were fortunate to secure several tons of Pinot Noir from one of the most historically significant vineyards in all of California, the iconic Sanford & Benedict.

Originally planted in 1971, this mature vineyard yields a wine that is beautifully structured while also retaining the finesse and elegance we love in Pinot Noir. Our inaugural release has also been well received by the wine media and already earned scores of 94 points from Wine Enthusiast and 92 points from Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Wine Advocate). 

"Intensely dark and focused, this bottling from Santa Barbara County’s historic vineyard is unrivaled in intensity, showing mulberry, elderberry, crushed rock, roast beef and a hint of sagebrush. Full but not sweet boysenberry flavors come through on the palate, balanced by dusty earth, wet stone and more chaparral spice notes." ~ Wine Enthusiast

"Medium ruby-purple colored...offers up notions of crushed black raspberries and black cherries with touches of anise, lavender and charcoal. Medium-bodied and elegantly played in the mouth, the tightly knit fruit is well-supported by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and earthy." ~ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard shines in the lineup and has a pretty, fresh style in its strawberry, mint and floral aromatics. These give way to a fresh, elegant, stylish Pinot Noir that has a Burgundian-like purity and focus. It should keep for a decade." ~ Jeb Dunnuck  

"...one of the most polished and lifted of the Fess Parker 2015 Pinots. There is good brightness and perfume in the glass, and less of the overt ripeness found in the other wines in the range. The inclusion of 20% whole clusters is well judged. This is a very pretty wine." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous

Barrel Aging
Aged 17 months in 100% French oak, of which 33% is new
Sirugue, Mercurey
Vineyard Source
100% Sanford & Benedict Vineyard (Block T6)

Wine Specs

100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol %
0.598 g/100mL
Sta. Rita Hills
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