Fess Parker Winery

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Driving north along the pastoral Foxen Canyon Wine Trail feels like traveling back to California's early days. Rolling hills frame vast meadows, deer and wildlife roam free, and pristine landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see. This peaceful environment enticed the late Fess Parker into buying a 714-acre ranch here back in 1988. The Texas-born actor, who played the television roles of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the 1950s and 1960s, had moved his family to Santa Barbara in the early 1960s and begun construction of a blufftop home. When heavy rains caused it to collapse onto the beach, he revised his plans and headed inland.

There, he discovered the Foxen Canyon property, where he initially planned to run cattle, plant a few grapes to sell to other vintners, and establish a small winery. Parker, an only child, dreamed of starting a family business that he could pass on to future generations. He asked his children to join him, and they planted a five-acre experimental Riesling vineyard in 1989. Eli, his son, started as assistant winemaker and spent three years under the tutelage of acclaimed enologist Jed Steele before taking the helm. Eli then planted more vines and started a four-year project to build a cutting-edge winery and tasting room.

Eli Parker and his sister Ashley continue to stay involved as stewards of the family's vision for the winery while Ashley's husband Tim Snider serves as President and oversees day-to-day operations. The family's vineyard is the 120-acre Rodney's Vineyard, named after Fess Parker's late son-in-law, at the 400-acre Foxen Canyon Road estate where the winery is located. They also source grapes from Camp Four vineyard in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, which Parker planted in 1998 as well as vineyards in the cooler Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Blair Fox assumed the role of head winemaker in 2005. In recent years, the winery has sharpened its focus to produce more small-lot, vineyard-designated wines made from high-quality Rhone and Burgundian varietals, which have won awards in national wine competitions.

Completed in 1994, the new winery and tasting room are loosely designed after an Australian sheep station, with a grand stone fireplace, stone floors, and a wraparound veranda with picnic tables. The spacious complex is set amid an acre of meticulously landscaped grounds that border the vineyard. The amphitheater-style lawn, rimmed by mature oaks, provides a serene setting for picnics, summer evening performances by Shakespeare Santa Barbara, and other events. Indoors, visitors taste the latest vintages at a worn knotty pine bar, surrounded by photos of Fess Parker as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone and other memorabilia related to the actor's television roles.

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Fess Parker 'Santa Barbara' Chardonnay 2017
89  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 89"This is a steal for under $20, offering aromas of apple flesh, ripe pear, brioche and yellow grapefruit on the nose. The palate is crisp with citrus yet broad with fresh Gravenstein and Gala apple flavors."
Item Number: 32324
Case: $167.40

Fess Parker 'Parker Station' Pinot Noir 2017
The Tasting Panel 92 This multi-appellated Pinot Noir has a perfume of cherry pie with dashes of clove and nutmeg. Husky notes of cedar-plum and herbs add depth to the lighter red-raspberry tones that weave throughout. Generously weighted, it’s aged six months in 100% French oak.  Aromas of black
Item Number: 30524
Case: $143.40

Fess Parker 'Marcella's' White Blend 2015
89  Wine Advocate 
Vinous 90 "The 2015 Marcella's, Fess Parker's white Rhône blend, is gorgeous. Soft, open-knit and expressive, the 2015 offers striking depth, nuance and freshness. Apricot, mint, chamomile and lightly floral notes are laced into the finish. This is another delicious, flavorful yet mid-weight white
Item Number: 29128
Case: $155.40

Fess Parker 'Ashley's Vyd' Pinot Noir 2014
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 “Fess Parker's 2014 Pinot Noir Ashley’s Vineyard, which is all from the Rancho Las Hermanas Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, is a fruit-forward, charming beauty that has tons of black raspberry, smoked herbs and underbrush notes in its medium-bodied, plump, balanced, yet
Item Number: 26959

Fess Parker 'The Big Easy' Syrah Blend 2016
Vinous 95  "The 2016 The Big Easy is fabulous. Rich, powerful and flamboyant to its core the Big Easy hits the palate with tremendous fruit intensity. Super-ripe red cherry, raspberry jam, white chocolate, vanillin and new American oak shape this opulent Syrah/Petite Sirah/Grenache blend. Winemaker

Fess Parker 'The Big Easy' Syrah Blend 2015
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 A rich, port-like red with no hard edges, the 2015 The Big Easy offers up an inky nose of plum preserve, fruit liqueur and fig. On the palate, it's rich, velvety and full-bodied, though it remains dry on the finish despite its lashings of sweet fruit. This 2015 is a blend of 69%

Fess Parker 'Santa Barbara' Chardonnay 2016
89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 " Offering up white peaches and fresh pineapple on the nose with hints of nutmeg and coriander seed, the 2016 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County has ripe stone fruit and tropical notes in the mouth with a lovely spiciness to the finish. "   " This 100% Chardonnay offers flavors of

Fess Parker 'Parker Station' Pinot Noir 2016
Aromas of Bing cherry, raspberry, red plum, earth and light vanilla will be found on the nose. This Pinot Noir has a lively acidity and combines flavors of cherry, strawberry, red currant, tea leaf and vanilla on the palate.-Winery notes

Fess Parker 'Ashleys' Chardonnay 2015
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 " Fresh aromas of salty lemon cream, wet slate and riverstones, as well as a touch of slightly sour yogurt, show on the nose of this bottling from the vineyard named after Fess Parker's daughter, who now runs much of the company. The lively palate combines squeezes of citrus with

Fess Parker Big Easy Syrah Blend 2014
89  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 89"The nose of this New Orleans inspired blend is juicy and fruit forward, with blackberry jam, black plum and a light licorice scents. It’s soft and full on the palate, with Concord grape flavors and nicely polished tannins. A crowdpleaser."

Fess Parker 'Ashley's Vyd' Pinot Noir 2013
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92  "There's a feral quality to this single-vineyard bottling, with dried rose petals, damp pine needles, dehydrated shiitake mushrooms and touches of violet, potpourri and dried ginger on the nose. The mouthfeel is velvety, with lilac and lavender decorating a base of cranberry and

Fess Parker 'Parker Station' Pinot Noir 2015
Aromas of Bing cherry, raspberry, red plum, earth and light vanilla will be found on the nose. This Pinot Noir has a lively acidity and combines flavors of cherry, strawberry, red currant, tea leaf and vanilla on the palate.-Winery notes

Fess Parker 'Santa Barbara' Chardonnay 2015
89  Vinous Media 
Wine Advocate 87 A rock-solid white that sells for a song is the 2015 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County (90% Chardonnay, 4% Pinot Blanc, 3% Viognier and 3% Riesling); it gives up lots of buttered orchard fruits, brioche, spice and a hint of citrus blossom in a medium-bodied, straightforward,

Fess Parker STA Rita Hills Pinot Noir
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90Fess Parker's 2012 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is a supple, forward wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries and spices are all laced together in this effortless, gracious Pinot." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous

Fess Parker 'The Big Easy' Syrah 2013
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 Always a big, bombastic beauty that’s over flowing with fruit and texture, the 2013 Syrah The Big Easy offers up lots of plum, chocolate, coffee bean and black raspberry characteristics in a ripe, decadent, unctuously textured style. It’s not complex, but man, it packs tons of

Fess Parker 'Ashleys' Chardonnay 2014
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 Always one of my favorite whites from Fess Parker, the 2014 Chardonnay Ashley’s Vineyard is primarily from the Rancho Las Hermanas Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills (all sandy soils) and is barrel-fermented and aged nine months in 30% new French oak. Ripe peach orchard fruits and

Fess Parker 'Santa Barbara' Chardonnay 2014
A terrific value in Chardonnay, the 2014 Chardonnay Santa Barbara County is juicy, medium to full-bodied, sweetly fruited and offers terrific notes of white peach, white flowers, charcoal, mint and a hint of toasty oak. Drink it over the coming couple of years. 90 points WA

Fess Parker 'The Big Easy' Syrah 2012
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 Always a big, ripe and voluptuous wine, the 2012 Syrah The Big Easy is no exception. It is a blend of 62% Syrah, 30% Petite Sirah and 8% Grenache that saw 20 months in 48% new French and American oak. It's loaded with blockbuster notes of black and blue fruits, white chocolate,

Fess Parker 'Parker Station' Pinot Noir 2014
Winemaker's Notes:On the nose, aromas of cherry, strawberry, earth, forest floor, cinnamon and vanilla can be detected. This Pinot Noir has a lively acidity and combines flavors of bright cherry, cranberry, strawberry fruit and vanilla on the palate.

Fess Parker 'The Big Easy' Syrah 2011
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "One of the more civilized and streamlined versions of this cuvee, the 2011 The Big Easy gives up loads of black fruits, tar and hints of flowers in its medium to full-bodied, silky, ripe and textured profile. Made from 65% Syrah, 22% Petite Sirah and 13% Grenache that spent 20

Fess Parker 'Ashleys' Chardonnay 2013
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 points The deepest gold-colored wine in the lineup, the 2013 Chardonnay Ashley's Vineyard spent eight months in 51% new French oak, with the balance in 1-, 2- and 3-year-old barrels. Rich, full throttle and medium to full-bodied, it offers sensational notes of ripe apple, buttered

Fess Parker 'Ashleys' Chardonnay 2012
94  Wine Enthusiast 
International Wine Cellar 91 " Pale gold. Smoky citrus fruit and pear aromas, with notes of earthy truffle and iodine adding complexity. In an Old-World style, offering musky pear skin and orange pith flavors and a hint of honey that adds depth and sweetness. Finishes on a smoky, leesy note, with

Fess Parker 'Santa Barbara' Chardonnay 2013
" Aromas of citrus, lemon cream and honey combine with toasty oak, nutmeg, yellow apple and orange blossom to create this refreshing Chardonnay. On the palate, flavors of citrus, green apple, honey, light cream and cantelope, with great texture, bright acidity and balance, making this Chardonnay a

Fess Parker 'The Big Easy' Syrah 2010
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "With loads of upfront appeal, the 2010 The Big Easy dishes out plenty of chocolaty dark fruits, leather, ground pepper and asphalt aromas to go with a full-bodied, voluptuously textured palate. Seamless, beautifully balanced and even elegant, with clean aromas and flavors, it will

Fess Parker 'Ashley's' Chardonnay 2011
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "A big step up and a brilliant Chardonnay, the 2011 Chardonnay Ashley’s gold/green tinged color is followed by a steely, pure 2011 that has classic white peach, citrus blossom, mineral and white flower-like aromas and flavors as well as a lively, focused and elegant palate.