2015 Fess Parker Pinot Noir Sanford & Benidect Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 92+
Vinous Media: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 92--Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :

"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir offers up notions of crushed black raspberries and black cherries with touches of anise, lavender and charcoal. Medium-bodied and elegantly played in the mouth, the tightly knit fruit is well-supported by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and earthy." (WA)

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is one of the most polished and lifted of the Fess Parker 2015 Pinots. There is good brightness and perfume in the glass, and less of the overt ripeness found in the other wines in the range. The inclusion of 20% whole clusters is well judged. This is a very pretty wine. " (VM)

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict Vineyard shines in the lineup and has a pretty, fresh style in its strawberry, mint and floral aromatics. These give way to a fresh, elegant, stylish Pinot Noir that has a Burgundian-like purity and focus. It should keep for a decade. " (JD)

"Intensely dark and focused, this bottling from Santa Barbara County's historic vineyard is unrivaled in intensity, showing mulberry, elderberry, crushed rock, roast beef and a hint of sagebrush. Full but not sweet boysenberry flavors come through on the palate, balanced by dusty earth, wet stone and more chaparral spice notes." (WE)

Winery Notes
We are thrilled to introduce a new addition to our beloved Pinot Noir lineup. While new to us, this is really the vineyard that started it all in Santa Barbara County. In vintage 2015 we were fortunate to secure several tons of Pinot Noir from one of the most historically significant vineyards in all of California, the iconic Sanford & Benedict.