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Noted actor (Davy Crockett) Fess Parker and his son, Eli, originally planted a small vineyard in 1989. Today, Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards farms almost 700 acres on four vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County. Pinot Noir grapes are also sourced from noted vineyards in Santa Barbara County including Bien Nacido Vineyard, Ashley's Vineyard and Rio Vista Vineyard. Fess Parker Winery & Vineyards has a full lineup of wines including Riesling, Chardonnay, Viognier and Syrah. The first Pinot Noir was produced in 1989.
The winery tasting room and visitor center is open daily on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd., in Los Olivos. The owners also operate the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa in Los Olivos.
2008 Fess Parker Ashley’s Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
14.3% alc., $22. Ashley’s Vineyard was planted in 1997 and was named after Fess Parker’s daughter. The vineyard has been sold to Foley and is now split into Lindsay’s Vineyard (red varieties) and Courtney’s Vineyard (white varieties including Mt. Eden clone of Chardonnay), both part of Rancho Las Hermanas, but Fess Parker retains the “Ashley’s” designation. The vineyards span 213 planted acres. · Straw color in the glass. Nicely appointed nose featuring scents of green apple, pear, cinnamon spice, and a hint of oak toast. Very tasty essence of white stone fruits in a seamless style with a well-proportioned acid backbone. Very clean on the finish, drawing the drinker to take another sip. California Chardonnay at its finest. Because of the name, many wine geeks do not take the winery seriously, but I am here to tell you that this is a label worth exploring for all of its varietals. Reviewed August 24, 2010 ARTICLE »
2007 Parker Station California Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $15, screw cap. Advertised on the label as “The best Pinot Noir you can afford to drink daily.” · Very ripe, jammy dark fruit is featured with a noticeable amount of oak running through from start to finish. Some interesting green tea and tangerine peel flavors. Very smooth on the palate with admirable acidity. Reviewed November 17, 2008 ARTICLE »