2015 Fess Parker Santa Barbara County Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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, beautifully quaffable style. It’s impeccably made and perfect for mid-week drinking. (JD)
Nice and easy aromas of lemon sorbet, Gravenstein apple and jasmine emerge from this ever-reliable bottling from the late actor-turned-vintner’s family winery. The flavors are also straightforward and quite quaffable, with a light acidity framing apple flesh and Anjou-pear slices.
About the producer: "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. 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."