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Fess Parker Winery

2016 Big Easy

Santa Barbara County

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Jeb Dunnuck


"The 2016 The Big Easy is fabulous. Rich, powerful and flamboyant to its core the Big Easy hits the palate with tremendous fruit intensity. Super-ripe red cherry, raspberry jam, white chocolate, vanillin and new American oak shape this opulent Syrah/Petite Sirah/Grenache blend. Winemaker Blair Fox has dialed in a style that captures all the exuberance of past editions, but with more nuance than the Big Easy has ever shown. And I say that as someone who has never loved this wine. The 2016 is simply outrageously delicious." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous

"...It's always an uber-ripe, pleasure-bent effort and the 2016 is no exception, although it has a beautiful weightlessness and elegance about it as well. Blackcurrants, camphor, scorched earth, licorice, and spice notes all emerge from this medirm to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, delicious red that packs ample fruit and texture. Don't age it, drink it." ~ Jeb Dunnuck

"Dark and brooding aromas of peppercorn-crusted beef steak, teriyaki, blueberry and wood smoke make for a savory entry to this bottling. Intense blueberry, charred meat and cherry-wood flavors show on the palate, which is framed by firm mouthcoating tannins. It’s a great barbecue wine." ~ Wine Enthusiast 

With The Big Easy we wanted to pay homage to one of our favorite cities, a culinary mecca and great supporters of our wines, New Orleans.

This well-structured blend has the same characteristics you have come to expect from The Big Easy, rich dark fruit flavors with a touch of oak, and soft tannins that lead to a long lengthy finish. 

Tasting Notes
COLOR: opaque purple AROMAS: blackberry, black cherry, plum, boysenberry, vanilla, baking spices, smoked chocolate, anise FLAVORS: blueberry, blackberry, dark chocolate, plum, smoked meat, vanilla
Barrel Aging
Aged 16 months in 61% new French & American oak
Vineyard Source
70% Rodney's Vineyard, 30% Camp Four Vineyard both located in the Santa Ynez Valley

Wine Specs

57% Syrah, 31% Petite Sirah, 12% Grenache
Alcohol %
0.521 g/100ml
Santa Barbara County
5,582 cases