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2007 Fess Parker Pinot Noir, Clone 115

2007 Fess Parker “Clone 115” Pinot Noir

The 2007 Clone 115 Pinot Noir is unique in that it is made solely from the Pinot clone called “Dijon 115.”  Clones are simply genetically distinct versions of the same grape, with different clones associated with different traits. While they are often blended for diversity, in this case the winemaker decided to bottle just the 115 on its own.  This is a clone known for producing robust and intense flavors, and these characteristics are on display in a big way in this wine.  Bright ruby in color, the nose bursts from the glass with plum, pomegranate and blueberry. Secondary notes of tar, espresso and earth are equally powerful. The palate is also dominated by dark berry fruit, with black pepper, earthy spice, and a strong streak of minerality.  This is very full-bodied, rich and lush, with mouth-coating tannins, but good acidity keeps it fresh and lively through a complex finish that trails off with flavors of cranberry.

For fans of big, rich Pinot Noir, or people who have tried Pinot a few times and found it to be too light for their taste, this is going to be a big hit.  California Pinot has skyrocketed in price recently, thanks to increased demand and the high cost of farming this difficult variety, so we are pleased to be able to offer a wine of this caliber for under $45.  Pair this with intense, red-meat dishes that normally require Cabernet or Syrah, or serve it on its own, allowing the intense flavors and wonderful complexity to shine.

Vineyard Source: 100% Los Hermanas Vineyard (Formerly Ashley’s Vineyard) In Sta. Rita Hills
Composition:  100% Pinot Noir
Barrel Aging:   16 Months In 60% New French Oak
Cooperage:  T. Mercurey, Francois Frerer, Ermitage
Harvest Date: October 1st
Tons Per Acre: 1.6
Brix:  24.6
Alcohol:  14.5% Alcohol By Volume
P.H.:  3.52
T.A.:  .65 G/100Ml
Production:  441-6 Pack Cases

About The Winery...

When Fess Parker was cast in the roll of Davy Crockett in the mid-1950’s, it caused an international sensation and changed his life forever. So too did the purchase of 714 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley change the course of the Parker family’s history.

Realizing the potential of Santa Barbara County as a premium grape-growing region, Fess and his son, Eli, originally set out in 1989 to plant a small vineyard and sell fruit to local producers. But, as Fess’ daughter, Ashley explains, “ Fess is from Texas, so he can’t do anything small. “The Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard now farms almost 700 acres on four vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County.

The characters Fess portrayed, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, inspired generations of Americans. Throughout the late 1950’s and 1960’s Fess was at the pinnacle of a television career that has an unprecedented impact upon American popular culture. But is was Fess’ entrepreneurial spirit that prompted his leaving Hollywood to go into business for himself. The traits that Crockett and Boone embodied - integrity, resourcefulness and good humor -- L-R Tim Snider, Fess Parker, Ashley Parker Snider, Eli Parkercarried over to Fess’ personal life and formed the foundation upon which the family business was built. First-class hospitality has always been at the core of their ventures, first as hoteliers and eventually with the opening of the winery.

Working as a family has always been a great source of pride and pleasure for the Parker family. Eli Parker began in the family business as assistant winemaker in 1989. After several years of learning the craft at the side of renowned and accomplished winemakers, Eli took the reigns as winemaker himself with the 1995 vintage. A leader of the winery since it’s inception, it was in 1996 that Eli formally assumed the title and responsibilities of President. In the early 1990’s, Ashley ran the first tastings out of the barrel room and represented the winery at trade shows. In 1998, Ashley became Eli’s partner, working on the public relations and sales and marketing teams. The presence of Fess and his wife Marcy as the founding visionaries of the winery is a vital and enduring one.

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