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Wine Spectator Reviews 2012 Smoke and Mirrors
91 points from The Wine Spectator for our 2012 Smoke and Mirrors? Score: 91 Refreshingly quirky, this offers ripe cherry and spicy nut bread aromas, leading to zesty dried blackberry, cracked pepper and licorice flavors that linger toward ripe tannins. Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenach...

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2001 Fess Parker Syrah

The Fess Parker's Vineyard is chosen from 4 parcels or blocks. Three different French Syrah clones make up this great wine. The Combination of warm daytime temperatures and cool evenings resulting from unique east-west orientation of the Santa Ynez Valley along with sandy loamy soil creates ideal conditions for grape maturation."  - Jeff Cohn

Tasting Notes

Black cherries, blackberries, herbs de Provence, cracked black peppercorns and olives laced in smoke and vanilla bean. The aromatic and flavor profiles are the perfect combination for bistro style foods and great conversation.

Varietals: 100% Syrah
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Alcohol: 13.9%

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2009 Fess Parker Syrah

Winemaker Jeff Cohn's preferences for high ripeness and lavish oak are in full evidence here, but so are loads of very deep fruit and a wealth of rich Syrah spice. The wine runs from blackberries and dark chocolate to caramel and peppered beef, and, while quite full and fleshy, it is surprisingly well-balanced. It has so much extract as to make moot its minor heat, and it is sufficiently tannic to prescribe at least four or five years of age.  --CG

The 2001 Fess Parker's Vineyard's dense purple color is accompanied by a firmly structured, peppery, cassis-scented and flavored, full-bodied red with excellent purity, fine texture, and a long, concentrated, thick finish. Give it 1-2 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 10-12 years.
Firm, with thick, rich tannins and a core of aromatic wild berry and blueberry fruit. Gains complexity with its roasted grain, nut and fresh ground coffee flavors. Ripe tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2008.