Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fess Parker American Tradition Reserve Pinot Noir, 2007

As any reader of this blog knows I am a big fan of the Fess Parker wines, especially their Syrah and Pinot Noir. Last night at "Temple" I brought a bottle of 2007 American Tradition Reserve Pinot Noir from my most recent shipment. It was a touch young but a lovely wine that lived up to my expectations for any wine from ol' Fess. The color was a beautiful red, I would venture garnet but the lighting was a little dim so exact determination eludes me. The nose was fruity, heavily strawberry and raspberry with a hint of smoke and vanilla that I adore. Medium-light bodied, the wine delivered a nice blend of strawberries, black cherries and chocolate supported with good acidity and tannins producing a medium-length finish. I paired it with the pork appetizer at Temple for a nice synergism of flavor.

Wines reviewed in 2009: 216

2 comments:

tercero wines said...

Mike,

Thanks for the comments! We are very proud of our 07 wines, especially our pinots and syrahs. I personally love this wine - a perfect blend of Sta Rita Hills and Bien Nacido fruit. I agree that it will probably show better in the next 6 months to a year - IF you can keep your hands off the other bottle!!

Drop me a line next time you come up - would love to show you around the rest of the facility / do some barrel tasting with you!

Cheers!

Larry Schaffer
Winemaking Team
Fess Parker Winery
larry@fessparkerwinery.com

Mike Pape said...

Thanks Larry. If you look around you'll find both here and on community boards like Snooth that I absolutely love Fess Parker wines.

I know what you mean about trying to keep hands off. A couple of years ago I bought a few bottles of the Ashley's Vineyard Pinot planning on opening a bottle a year to compare. Well, For 4 bottles it lasted two years but at least I can say that the additional year made a fine wine absolutely fantastic. I plan on getting a couple more bottles of the '07 ATR to (try to) let it age a little just to see what it grows up to be.

I'll definitely drop you a line next time I am in the area.

Thanks and keep up the good work!

Mike