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2009 Fess Parker Winery Pinot Noir Ashley's Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011

Bright violet color.  Ripe, oak-accented red and dark berries on the nose.  Sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors are complicated by notes of camphor and bitter chocolate, with a smoky oak note gaining strength with air.  Clings nicely on the finish, which echoes the smoke and berry notes.  This wine has the structure to reward a few years of bottle age.

90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Pinot Noir

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