Lot No. 122
California Red Wine
Fess Parker Winery
Santa Maria, California, USA
$10.00 a bottle (case price)
I purchased this at the Fine Wine Source in Livonia Michigan.
This NV – no vintage wine had me interested when I sampled it at Jimmy’s store.
I have to say that for a 10 dollar bottle and a no vintage on top of that this is one damn good bottle of red wine.
Appearance: this has one dark body for a wine at this price, deep purple with a shiny ruby edge.
Aroma: this is one complex aroma for any price. It is just a guessing game waiting to happen – ‘what do you smell’. Big time berry bowl – I’ll call it black cherry, black currant, boysenberry; a nice touch of spice – a little pinch of sage and white pepper; there is a good smoky note and it also reminds me of a fresh box of cigars in a quality cedar box and with 800 cigars in my humidor I think I know that smell.
Flavors: this is not one of those wines that just fool you with a nice bouquet and then quits on the flavor. Take all those notes from the nose and add a little sweet 50% dark chocolate and a touch of hardwood.
To the Point: this wine tasted really good in the store and so good that I bought a case. I think I’ll get another one if there are any left. (Jimmy save me a case) If you ever see this one don’t buy just one bottle you will be disappointed if you do. Dollar to Taste = Value; and that means this is the best value out there. Most $10.00 bottles I water the grass with them.
Here are the Vineyard Notes:
73% Camp Four Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, 20% Schied Vineyards in Monterey County, 4% French Camp Vineyard in Paso Robles, 3% Rodney’s Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Vallery.
Here is the blend:
40% Syrah, 20% Merlot, 18% Grenache, 9% Petite Sirah, 5% Mourvedre, 4% Cinsault, 2% Caringnane, 2% Tempranillo. I think they should have found one or two more grapes to add this assemblage of fine grapes. I wish they put the years to each of the grapes.