2014 Fess Parker "The Big Easy" Santa Barbara Red Blend (Previously $27)

SKU #1292512 90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 A blend of 74% Syrah, 16% Petite Sirah, and 10% Grenache, from a variety of sites in Santa Barbara County, the 2014 The Big Easy is always the total crowd pleaser in the lineup - and it doesn't disappoint in 2014. Plums, spice, pepper, incense and melted licorice all flow to a ripe, sexy, plump and decadent red that's loaded with sweet fruit. It will need consumed in its youth. I always love tasting through the Fess Parker lineup and these wines always possess texture and richness, yet have singular, balanced profiles that keep them interesting and enjoyable. The wines are made by Blaire Fox, and are good values in more than a few cases. (JebDunnuck.com)  (8/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 74% Syrah, 16% Petite Sirah and 10% Grenache, the deep garnet-purple colored 2014 The Big Easy has pronounced plum preserves, baked blueberries and spice box notes with hints of rare beef, charcoal and coffee. Very big, full-bodied and packed with fruit, the generously endowed palate has a firm line of chewy tannins and ample freshness to support, finishing long and spicy. It’s not for the fainthearted, and nicely done to this style. (LPB)  (9/2017)

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.