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Parker Station Pinot Noir 2015

Red Wine from USA - California
Carefully crafted by the Parker family using cooler-climate sites in Monterey, Santa Barbara and San Luis. Pure redcurrant flavours, fine tannins and a fresh finish make this a very rare wine indeed - an affordable, elegant Californian pinot!
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Code: US6931

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Pinot Noir
  • 13.8% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • 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).

2015 vintage reviews
2014 vintage reviews

Liverpool Echo

This is one of thosewines I forget to sip because I keep waving the glass in front of my nose tosavour the aromas. It hails from Santa Barbara County, the Californian wineregion made famous by the cult...
This is one of thosewines I forget to sip because I keep waving the glass in front of my nose tosavour the aromas. It hails from Santa Barbara County, the Californian wineregion made famous by the cult movie Sideways. It has a delightful potpourri ofsweet red fruits, cherry and raspberry, a lick of vanilla, a wave of violetsand a touch of wet soil (go with me on that one). I finally took a sip andloved the flavours too; cherry, strawberry, a hint of savoury, with mediumacidity and tannins. Grill a salmon.
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- Jane Clare

The Scotsman

Remember the DavyCrockett TV series? Fess Parker, who founded this winery in 1989, was the actorwho played this popular figure in the 1950s. Made from a Monterey, SantaBarbera and San Luis Obispo blend,...
Remember the DavyCrockett TV series? Fess Parker, who founded this winery in 1989, was the actorwho played this popular figure in the 1950s. Made from a Monterey, SantaBarbera and San Luis Obispo blend, the Parkers have created this charming,cherry fruited plummy pinot noir with fine tannins and a hint of oak. Wenormally have to pay more for Californian pinot.
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- Rose Murray Brown

tv3.ie

A charming, gracefulpinot with cherry blossom aromas and a silky palate of juicy redcurrants andripe berry fruits. Oaky spice takes a back seat and there’s an earthyminerality on the fresh finish....
A charming, gracefulpinot with cherry blossom aromas and a silky palate of juicy redcurrants andripe berry fruits. Oaky spice takes a back seat and there’s an earthyminerality on the fresh finish. Stylish and energetic, she’s a keeper.
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- Sam Wylie Harris

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