Thursday, January 1, 2009
Fess Parker Winery Frontier Red Lot No. 81 - Anniversary Edition (California)
For my first wine of 2009 (first wine that was not a bubbly) I choose "The Great American Value" (as is written on the label - in a few places). This one comes from the Fess Parker winery (yes the actor) and is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Mouvedre, Cinsault and Carignane (also as taken from the back label). I was first introduced to Fess Parker wines through a Syrah a friend of mine fell in love with, he deemed it "panty remover" because of it's 15+ percentage of alcohol; and if he liked that one for that reason he'd love this 15.5er with all its spicy goodness. The nose is so lush with cinnamon and vanilla, black raspberries, plums and huge spice. The palate is also rich with spices along with black fruit, plum and loads of cinnamon / nutmeg / allspice. As for great value, I would agree with that, at $8.09 it sure beats the Fuzion that was big back home at $7.49 - and if you buy 6 you get 10% off ... great house wine.