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2010 Fess Parker Ashley's Chardonnay

2010 Fess Parker "Ashley's" Chardonnay
Sta. Rita Hills

91 Points - James Suckling
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Top 100 Wines of 2011 - San Francisco Chronicle

As California's Central Coast region gains recognition, a lot has been made about the cooler Sta. Rita Hills AVA being perfect for Pinot.  However, a few insightful critics, and several savvy winemakers, have realized that this area has great potential for Chardonnay as well, which in recent vintages has been realized with critically acclaimed Chardonnays.  One such Chardonnay comes from one of our favorite producers, Fess Parker. Their 2010 Ashley's Vineyard Chardonnay was named one of the San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 wines of the year, and received a 91-pt score from James Suckling.  At just $26, this is one you don’t want to miss!

The 2010 Fess Parker Ashley's Chardonnay is medium straw in color, with a classic chardonnay nose of apple, melon, and tropical fruit, along with notes of coconut and toasty oak.  The palate is rich and full, with apple and melon flavors echoed from the nose accompanied by starfruit, mango, and lemon.  This is a classic California Chardonnay that pairs nicely with bold foods (seafood, creamy pasta, etc.).  Chardonnay of this quality would usually go for $40+, so don’t miss out on this incredible deal.

Vintage:  2010
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills
Vineyard Designation: Ashley's Vineyard
Harvest Date: 9/22/10- 10/28/11
Acid: .672 g/100ml
pH: 3.37
Aging: 10 months in 37% new French Oak and 25% in one year old French oak barrels
Alcohol: % 14.1

Tasting Notes PDF PDF

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 Parker carried 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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