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2011 Santa Barbara County Syrah 90 points/Editors’ Choice - The cool-climate origins of this wine

2011 Ashley’s Chardonnay 93 points - A big step up and a brilliant

2011 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

excellent Syrah, but you’ll want to cellar it because it shows great aging potential. It’s rich and dense in blackberry jam and cassis flavors, with mocha and bacon notes that add to the complexity. The tannins are profound, but fine; give it at least six years.

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. Building in richness in the glass, yet with no loss of focus or purity, it is top flight stuff and, for the quality, is a great value. Drink now–2016.

2011 Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay Limited quantities available!

92 points - The most perfumed and fruit-driven, the 2011 Chardonnay

Sierra Madre Vineyard shows hints of tropical fruit and floral undertones, medium body and a supple, finesse-driven style. Approachable and delicious, it should impress for 1–2 years. Drink now–2015.

2011 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay - Sorry … sold out! 92 points - More masculine and mineral-laced, the 2011 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard offers up classic golden fruits, crushed stone, charcoal and toasty notes to go with a rich, structured and firm feel on the palate. It, too, is a superb effort. Drink now–2016.

2011 Clone 115 Pinot Noir 91 points - More elegant and complex, with less richness and

more focus, the 2011 Pinot Noir Clone 115 is loaded with complex underbrush, crushed flowers, forest floor and sweet red berry fruits. Medium-bodied and textured, with a firm, focused core, it opens up beautifully in the glass, so decant if drinking anytime soon. It will continue to evolve gracefully through 2021. Drink now-2021.

2010 The Big Easy 91 Points - 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 continue to deliver the goods for another 5-6 years, if not longer. Drink now-2019.

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are revealed immediately in the freshly crushed black and white pepper aromas. In the mouth, it’s extraordinarily rich in blackberry jam and cassis, with the chocolaty, roasted meat notes that frequently characterize a good Syrah. Although it’s pretty tannic, it’s appealing now, and should develop for 4-5 more years.

New Release!

90+ Points - More masculine and firm (which is the hallmark of this vineyard), the 2011 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard offers up mineral-drenched aromas of black cherries, ground pepper, flower garden and gun flint on the nose. Medium-bodied and structured on the palate, with notable tannic grip, it should be given another 1–2 years in the cellar and drunk over the following decade. Drink 2015–2021.

2011 Rodney’s Vineyard Viognier 90 Points - The 2011 Viognier Rodney’s Vineyard is slightly

richer and more complete, with plenty of orange blossom, citrus oil, sappy flowers and hints of peach all emerging from the glass. Balanced and with good acidity and plenty of mid-palate depth, it’s a classy, textbook Viognier to drink over the coming couple of years. Drink now–2015.

2011 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir 90 Points - The most Burgundian of the Pinots, the 2011 Pinot

Noir Pommard Clone has an earthy, underbrush-slanted core to go with sweet berry fruits, rose petal and hints of minerality. A medium-bodied, structured effort that has outstanding definition and purity, it, too, will be better in another handful of years and have a decade of longevity. Drink 2015–2021.

2010 Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah 90 Points - More serious, concentrated and layered, the 2010

Syrah Rodney’s Vineyard has knockout black currant, toasted spice, chocolate and leafy herb aromas and flavors all soaring from the glass. Rich, full-bodied and upfront, yet still clean and beautifully drinkable, it will offer immense pleasure over the coming 4-5 years or more. Drink now–2018+.

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FESS files Fall Holidays

Harvest with a Bang

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don’t know if it’s just me, but it feels like the transition between summer and fall happened overnight here in Santa Barbara. I love this time of year when we enjoy cool, crisp mornings and crystal clear days. Halloween is upon us, and this holiday makes me think of all the fun times Laureen and I used to have taking our kids trick or treating Addie the mighty lion through Los Olivos. Now we enjoy tagging along and watching the grandkids go door to door filling their bags with candy. I think I’m going to have to learn to drink Red Bull to keep up! Hope you all have a great fallholiday season, and thank you for continuing to enjoy Fess Parker wines!

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arvest started with a bang this year! We were not yet finished with bottling when all of the Pinot Noir in Santa Rita Hills came knocking on our door. This was ten days earlier than last year, and more than two weeks earlier than 2011. We had a warm, dry spring and summer with a tropical heat wave the first week of September. All of this combined to create a vintage where all of the varieties wanted to be picked at once. Pinot Noir was first, with Viognier and Chardonnay hot on its heels. Syrah was not much behind and the winery was getting filled up. Luckily a cooling trend moved in and allowed us to catch our breath. I always welcome those cool, foggy mornings during harvest. Not only was this harvest early, but it was big! We saw bigger berries and heavier clusters than usual, but the grapes still possessed wonderful flavors Blair Fox and concentration. We also bought a new piece of equipment for this harvest. It is a post de-stemmer berry sorting shaker table. So now, not only do we hand sort all of the clusters, but we also sort the individual berries. Some may think this extremely costly and time consuming, but we are willing to do whatever we need to do to make the absolute highest quality wine! Speaking of the sorting table … I better get back to it!

Cheers from all of us in the cellar,

Foxen Cody picking his Halloween pumpkin

Eli Parker Is that Braedon or Batman to the rescue?

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Fess Parker Wine Country Inn Partners with Preferred Hotel Group

From the Kitchen of Marcella Parker

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or the holidays we wanted to share Marcy’s pumpkin pie recipe that is enjoyed at the Parker table every year. We think it pairs nicely with our Santa Barbara County Riesling. Hope you enjoy!

ollowing in the footsteps of the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn’s recent AAA Four Diamond award, the 19-room inn now announces its partnership with the distinguished Preferred Hotel Group. Preferred Hotel Group is a global collection of independent hotels, destination resorts, city center hotels, luxury residences and unique hotel groups. A consistent commitment to excellence and innovative business solutions are the cornerstones that have made Preferred a global leader in the hospitality industry since 1968. The Wine Country Inn has joined Preferred’s Boutique brand, a collection of hotels and resorts, each 100 rooms Swimming pool at the Wine Country Inn or less, distinguished by personalized, one-of-a-kind experiences. The Preferred Boutique brand showcases style, service, and personality on an intimate scale. “The partnership will only bring the best to all of our guests at the Inn,” said Rhianna Agin, General Manager. Preferred only partners with hotels with excellent hotel standards in customer service and unique experiences. These rewards will benefit all of our guests, whether they be Preferred Hotel members or not. To learn more about Preferred Boutique Hotels and Resorts visit preferredhotelgroup.com/preferred-boutique. For reservations call 800.446.2455 2860 Grand Avenue • Los Olivos, CA 93441

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Marcella’s Pumpkin Pie Ingredients 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 large eggs 1 can (15 oz.) Libby’s® 100% Pure Pumpkin 1 can (12 fl. oz.) Nestlé® Carnation® Evaporated Milk 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell Whipped cream (optional) Directions MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. POUR into pie shell. BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

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Prices subject to change. All of the wines listed below are available through our website at www.fessparkerwines.com or for you traditionalists out there, through our tasting room at 800-841-1104. Shipping is available to the following states only: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, KS, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NV, NY, NM, ND, OH, OR, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV and WY

Retail Bottle/Case

WINE CLUB Bottle/Case

2012 CHARDONNAY “Santa Barbara County”............................................ $19 / $205.20......................... $15.20 / $182.40 2011 CHARDONNAY “Ashley’s”................................................................... $35 / $378.00......................... $28.00 / $336.00 2011 CHARDONNAY “Bien Nacido Vineyard”....................................................................................................... Sold Out 2011 CHARDONNAY “Sierra Madre Vineyard”........................................... $35 / $378.00......................... $28.00 / $336.00 2011 RIESLING “Santa Barbara County”...................................................... $15 / $162.00......................... $12.00 / $144.40 2011 DRY RIESLING “Rodney’s Vineyard”................................................... $24 / $259.20......................... $19.20 / $230.40 2011 VIOGNIER “Santa Barbara County”..................................................... $28 / $302.40......................... $22.40 / $268.80 2011 VIOGNIER “Rodney’s Vineyard”.......................................................... $35 / $378.00......................... $28.00 / $336.00 2011 PARKER FAMILY RESERVE WHITE “Santa Barbara County”........... $28 / $302.40......................... $22.40 / $268.80 2010 PINOT NOIR “Sta. Rita Hills”............................................................. $30 / $324.00......................... $24.00 / $288.00 2010 PINOT NOIR “Ashley’s”....................................................................... $50 / $540.00......................... $40.00 / $480.00 2011 PINOT NOIR “Bien Nacido Vineyard”................................................ $55 / $594.00......................... $44.00 / $528.00 2011 PINOT NOIR “Clone 115”.................................................................. $55 / $594.00......................... $44.00 / $528.00 2011 PINOT NOIR “Pommard Clone”......................................................... $55 / $594.00......................... $44.00 / $528.00 2011 SYRAH “Santa Barbara County”............................................................ $28 / $302.40......................... $22.40 / $268.80 2010 SYRAH “American Tradition Reserve”................................................... $35 / $378.00......................... $28.00 / $336.00 2010 SYRAH “Rodney’s Vineyard”................................................................. $49 / $529.20......................... $39.20 / $470.40 2010 “THE BIG EASY”................................................................................. $35 / $378.00......................... $28.00 / $336.00 2011 PARKER FAMILY RESERVE RED “Santta Barbara County”............... $24 / $259.20......................... $19.20 / $230.40 FRONTIER RED “Lot 90”(new label)........................................................... $13 / $140.40......................... $10.40 / $124.80 TRADITIONS “Port style wine” (500mL)..................................................... $24 / $259.20......................... $19.20 / $230.40 Winter Newsletter 2013

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SHIPMENT 2011 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir

2011 Pommard Pinot Noir

Vineyard Source: 100% Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley Composition: 100% Pinot Noir Harvest Dates: 10/4/11 – 10/12/11 Block: F Harvest Brix: 24.2 – 25.1 Tons/Acre: 2.8 Barrel Aging: 16 months in 80% new French oak Cooperage: Sirugue, François Frères, Boutes, Dargaud & Jaegle, Quintessence & Ermitage Alcohol: 14.1% alcohol by volume pH: 3.51 T.A.: 0.591g/100ml Production: 807 cases

Vineyard Source: 100% Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley Block: F Clone Selection: Pommard Tons/Acre: 1.8 Composition: 100% Pinot Noir Barrel Aging: 16 months in 50% new French oak Cooperage: Sirugue, François Frères, Mercurey, Meyrieux Harvest Date: 10/4/11 Harvest Brix: 24.5 Alcohol: 13.6% alcohol by volume pH: 3.40 T.A.: 0.632g/100ml Production: 303 cases

Santa Maria Valley

CHARTER CLUB 1 Red + 1 White

2012 Ashley’s Chardonnay $36 2011 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir $55 ONUS 2012 Santa Barbara County Riesling BBOTTLE Retail Price: $91 Club Price: $68.25

WHITE WINE CLUB 2 Whites

2012 Ashley’s Chardonnay $36 2012 Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay $36 ONUS 2012 Santa Barbara County Riesling BBOTTLE Retail Price: $72 Club Price: $54

Color: Dark garnet Aromas: Black cherry Blackberry Plum

REDS ONLY CLUB 2 Reds

2011 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir $55 2011 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir $55 ONUS 2012 Santa Barbara County Riesling BBOTTLE Retail Price: $110 Club Price: $82.50

QUAD CLUB 2 Reds + 2 Whites

Vanilla Flavors: Black cherry Blackberry Black currant

$36

PARKER’S PINOT CLUB 6 Pinots

$30

2011 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2011 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir $55 2011 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir $55 ONUS 2012 Santa Barbara County Riesling BBOTTLE Retail Price: $280 Club Price: $210 Prices are subject to change and do not include shipping or taxes required by each state. If you are not receiving emails regarding shipping dates, tracking information, or special offers please email [email protected] and let us know. Winter Newsletter 2013

Color: Dark Garnet Aromas: Cherry compote Blackberry

Kirsch liqueur Milk chocolate Smoke Mineral

Forest floor Cedar Cola Baking spices Graphite

Vanilla Graham cracker Flavors: Black cherry Boysenberry

2012 Ashley’s Chardonnay

2012 Sierra Madre Chardonnay

Vineyard Source: 100% from Ashley’s Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills

Vineyard Source: 100% Sierra Madre Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley

Santa Rita Hills

2012 Ashley’s Chardonnay 2012 Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay $36 2011 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir $55 2011 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir $55 ONUS 2012 Santa Barbara County Riesling BBOTTLE Retail Price: $182 Club Price: $136.50

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Rose petal Pain grillé Graham cracker Cinnamon Nutmeg

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Black currant Cranberry Cinnamon Nutmeg Mineral

Santa Maria Valley



Blocks: I, H, G, 6D & J

Composition: 100% Chardonnay



Composition: 100% Chardonnay

Harvest Dates: 9/18/12 – 9/21/12



Barrel Aging: 10 months in 35% new French oak, 25% 1-year-old & 40% 2-year or older



Harvest Brix: 22.6 – 23.5



Harvest Date: 10/22/12 – 11/1/12





Harvest Brix: 22.4 – 23.8

Barrel Aging: 100% Barrel fermented In 50% new French oak, 25% 1-year-old French oak barrels & 25% 2-year-old French oak barrels



Alcohol: 14.1% alcohol by volume

Pear Honey Vanilla Baking spices Touch of oak

pH: 3.26 T.A.: 0.691g/100ml



Production: 1592 cases Color: Light straw Aromas: White peach Apple

Alcohol: 14.1% alcohol by volume



T.A.: 0.752g/100ml





pH: 3.26



Blocks: K, H, M, I, B1, A, L

Flavors: Pear Citrus Lemon cream Green apple

Pastry crust Vanilla Baking spices

Production: 194 cases Aromas: Citrus Pear Lemon cream Quince

Hazelnut Nutmeg Vanilla

Flavors: Citrus Lemon zest Red apple Nutmeg/ Sspice

Vanilla Mineral Lemon meringue pie

Receipts for Wine Club shipments are not included in the package due to time constraints. See cost per shipment under each Club Offering at left. The amount will show on your next credit card statement.

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2011 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

Vineyard Source: 53% Rio Vista Vineyard from Sta. Rita Hills, 18% from Rancho Las Hermanas (formerly Ashley’s Vineyard) in the Sta. Rita Hills, 10% Hayes Ranch in Sta. Rita Hills, 8% Bien Nacido in Santa Maria Valley, 5% Camp 4 Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley & 6% Mormann Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills Block: 1A Tons/Acre: 0.6 – 2.8 Composition: 100% Pinot Noir Barrel Aging: 11 months in 40% new French oak Harvest Date: 9/15/11 – 10/18/11 Harvest Brix: 23.1 – 25.3 Alcohol: 14.1% alcohol by volume pH: 3.65 T.A.: 0.582g/100ml Production: 6857 cases Color: Garnet Aromas: Black cherry Forest floor Lavender

Raspberry Graham cracker Rose Petal Vanilla

Flavors: Bing cherry Red currant Cranberry Earth

Cacao Mineral

2012 Santa Barbara County Riesling BONUS BOTTLE Santa Barbara County Vineyard Source: 88% from Camp 4 Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley, 12% from Rodney’s Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley

Composition: 100% Riesling

Harvest Dates: 9/20/12 – 10/19/12

Harvest Brix: 20.4 – 22.9



Barrel Aging: 100% Stainless steel tank fermented & aged



Alcohol: 12.0% alcohol by volume pH: 3.12



T.A.: 0.663g/100ml Production: 8864 cases Aromas: Lime Citrus White flowers Ginger

Flavors: Lychee nut Green apple Mineral Light honey

For further information please call your Wine Club Coordinator, Elaina, directly at her toll free number 888-877-3335.

New Winemaker on the Team

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e are excited to announced the appointment of David Baird as assistant winemaker.

David, who graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in agricultural business and a minor in wine and viticulture, will work under the guidance of head winemaker Blair Fox. As assistant winemaker, he will be tasked with managing the enology laboratory and cellar staff.

David Baird

Previously, David enjoyed successful stints as cellarmaster at Justin Vineyards and Winery in Paso Robles. He first started his career in winemaking as an intern at both Edna Valley Vineyard and Halter Ranch Winery, both on California’s Central Coast. Of his new appointment, David says, “I am very excited to be working for such a well-known and reputable brand as Fess Parker. There is such a wonderful history of great wines, with things only improving in recent years. I look forward to continuing the positive momentum and creating great wines.” David has David hard at work mixing up never made wine in Santa Barbara Wine a batch of yeast in the cellar Country before but says, “I am looking forward to working in a cooler AVA, especially one where such promising things are happening. The area is gaining notoriety for being among the top regions in the United States for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rhone wine varieties.” Welcome to the team, David!

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