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2008 Fess Parker Winery Pinot Noir Ashley's Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($50) Bright ruby. A highly aromatic bouquet shows fresh red berries, Asian spices and deeper cherry pit and smoky herb qualities. Deep but energetic, with lively raspberry and cherry flavors supported by zesty minerality. The spicy note repeats on a long, juicy and incisive finish. This will be even better in a couple of years, but there's lots going on now.

87 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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