2016 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir
Fess Parker Winery

2016 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir

Santa Barbara County
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Jeb Dunnuck
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"...reveals an attractive bouquet of smoky raspberries, blood orange, spice, undergrowth and plum preserve, followed by a medium to full-bodied palate that's quite supple and expansive, balanced by juicy acids and concluding with a sappy, delicately tannic finish." ~ Wine Advocate

"...offers terrific cut and focus, most likely because the vineyard sits on a north-facing slope that tempers some of the natural exuberance of the Pommard Clone. Bright red stone fruit and floral notes add character to this articulate, expressive Pinot from Fess Parker, with expressive top notes from the 25% whole clusters." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous

"...a lasting buzz of ocean cold and inland heat in this Santa Rita Hills pinot, a tight, floral fruit in harmony with the rich and generous texture. The oak feels present but remains gently in the background, adding a little toasty sweetness to complement the fine-grained sandy tannins." ~ Wine & Spirits 

"...a big extrovert on the nose and offers a ripe, silky, elegant style to go with notes of raspberries, spring flowers, mint, and passion fruits. This is a decidedly elegant, floral expression of this clone (which normally produces a more gamey, earthy wine). With terrific overall balance, notable purity of fruit, and a great finish, it's going to keep for at least 5-7 years." ~ Jeb Dunnuck

Our clonal selection of Pinot Noirs are made with the intent of isolating some of the very best individual lots in our cellar and capturing the nuances that each specific clone offers. This has remained a very small project - 16 barrels of each wine - and delivers some of our finest expressions of Pinot Noir. 

The Pommard Clone is a darker, more brooding example of Pinot Noir. You will find black cherry, baking spices and even slightly smokey notes on the nose. The palate delivers nice structure with cherry, cranberry, cinnamon, vanilla and milk chocolate flavors. 

Tasting Notes
COLOR: wild strawberry, red cherry, clove, nutmeg, forest floor, vanilla, pain grille FLAVORS: red cherry, raspberry, wild strawberry, sassafras, milk chocolate, vanilla, clove, nutmeg
Barrel Aging
Aged 17 months in 100% French oak, of which 37% is new
Francois Freres, Mercurey, Gillet
Vineyard Source
100% Ashley's Vineyard (Block W) located in the Sta. Rita Hills Appellation

Wine Specs

100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol %
0.560 g/100ml
Santa Barbara County
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396 cases