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Fess Parker Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2015

White Wine from USA - California
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This California chardonnay is made by family-owned producer Fess Parker, using grapes from the highly prized Santa Barbara County. It manages skilfully to tread an often tricky line with subtle, tempting toasty character on the nose, but plenty of lemon-fresh citrus fruit on the palate. Very well balanced and very smart for the price.
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Code: US6921

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 14.1% Alcohol
  • bouquet/flavour marked by oak
  • Screwcap

Fess Parker

Those members of a certain age will remember the softly spoken Texan actor Fess Parker, who starred as Davy Crockett on TV in the mid-1950s and as Daniel Boone in the late 1960s. On retiring from acting he bought a ranch in 1989, in Santa Barbara County, and planted 5 acres of vineyards.

Growing grapes and making some wine all began as a small venture for his own amusement, but, as his daughter Ashley pointed out some years later, ‘Fess is from Texas, so he can’t do anything small.’

Before long he had acquired more vineyards with the help of his children and the estate land now covers 700 acres with a winery at its heart.

Today the estate is award winning, includes a hotel, spa and restaurant, and makes wine from several different vineyards in the Santa Maria and Santa Ynez valleys and the Santa Rita Hills.

Fess Parker passed away in 2010 but had already handed over the reins to son Eli, who became the president of the company to add to his role as head winemaker. Ashley heads up the marketing and sales departments.

Though the estate lies just an hour and a half north of Los Angeles, the elevation in the hills and the influence of the Pacific Ocean are keenly felt and cool-climate pinot noir and chardonnay are a speciality, though they also grow Rhône varieties, and grapes are sourced from other cooler-climate areas of California like Monterey.

California Vintage 2015

2105 across the USA can be summed up fairly simply - early, quick, clean and intense!

It was a good fruit driven vintage in California. 2015 marks a fourth year of drought conditions across the region. A warm start to the season accelerated bud break and a few hot spells through August meant that picking started as early as the middle of the month. Yields were generally down due to the shortage of water, leading to very concentrated small berries.

2015 also follows the current trend for premium winemakers seeking fresher styles of wine (which earlier picking encourages).

The Press Association

Food friendly, beingwell balanced with tropical fruit aromas that mingle with pineapple and livelyapple and citrus fruits gently supported by oak.

- Sam Wylie Harris

Western Mail

An inviting vanillanote to the melon and white peach fruit on the nose. In the mouth the fruit isfull and buttery, you can almost feel the California sun on its back. Despitethe toasty mouthfeel things...
An inviting vanillanote to the melon and white peach fruit on the nose. In the mouth the fruit isfull and buttery, you can almost feel the California sun on its back. Despitethe toasty mouthfeel things are kept from getting too much from the livelylemon citrus through the mid palate.
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- Neil Cammies

Sheffield Profile

This smooth mellowwhite is a quality wine to get the party started. Its floral and fruity notesand an oak base are easy on the palate.

Liverpool Echo

OMG. Which in thiscase stands for Orgasmic, Melony, Golden. This chardonnay is barrel-fermented,aged in French oak and is heaven. Yes, you could have it with your turkey. Yes,it's full and rich enough ...
OMG. Which in thiscase stands for Orgasmic, Melony, Golden. This chardonnay is barrel-fermented,aged in French oak and is heaven. Yes, you could have it with your turkey. Yes,it's full and rich enough to go with Christmas pud. Forget that. Sit. On your own.When the house is empty. Now pour. Quality Street are made for sharing. Thisisn't.
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- Jane Clare

Sunday Express

Bold and rich withwarm, toasty pear and peach fruit, this has bags of flavour but also somefreshness and spicy bite. This is a modern Californian style with restrained,but confident richness.

- Jamie Goode

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