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


tercero wines said...


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!


Larry Schaffer
Winemaking Team
Fess Parker Winery

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!