Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fess Parket Syrah Santa Barbara County 2007

This was the second wine in the series of 4 wines that I received from the nice folks over at Fess Parker. I've never had a Fess Parker wine before yesterday, and I've been pleasantly surprised by them. I was expecting them to be a bit out of whack in terms of balance, but I think these are actually delicious, balanced wines so far, if perhaps they are a little on the expensive side. Suggested retail on this wine is about 25$. Right up front, I should say that there is a lot of Syrah that you can procure that rocks for this price point--there is some healthy competition. As one of my buddies says "Syrah is a fucking weed. It grows everywhere." How true that statement is...seems like Syrah is pretty ubiquitous, and comes in a lot of different configurations, from the more restrained and aromatic Syrah's of the Northern Rhone, to the more bombastic fruit bombs from Australia. Anyways, I'm just going to say right up front that I liked this wine better than the Pinot, despite the fact that this is a bit more on the bombastic side, and boasts a relatively high (for me) ABV of 14.9%.

There's a lot going on in the nose--lots of smoke, tons of different fruits that change constantly, some oak and spice elements. A very complex interesting nose. Once in the mouth, it's pleasantly lush, perhaps flirting with a bit of raisin character, but mainly I notice layered, nuanced fruit flavors, as well as herbal and spice accents that lead into a cherry and spice laden finish. I like this wine, although I think there is a lot of competition out there for this wine. If you're looking for a well-made, fruity Syrah from California, this is a good choice that won't break the bank (although for 25$ you have a lot of options for other places). B+

1 comment:

CabFrancoPhile said...

Sounds like a solid Syrah. I've had an older vintage of this and found the bouquet interesting--smokey and meaty--but the finish was a bit alcoholic and extracted. 2007 was a great all around year in SB County, though, and I'd expect a wine like this to perform well.