2016 Fess Parker "The Big Easy" Santa Barbara County Red Blend SKU #1380119

Price: $29.95

VN 95 JD 92 WE 91
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K&L Notes

A rich and decadent blend of 57% Syrah, 31% Petite Sirah, 12% Grenache. Fruit comes from Rodney’s Vineyard (70%) and Camp Four Vineyard (30%) both located in the Santa Ynez Valley. With The Big Easy we wanted to pay homage to one of our favorite cities, a culinary mecca and great supporters of our wines, New Orleans. This well-structured blend has the same characteristics you have come to expect from The Big Easy, rich dark fruit flavors with a touch of oak, and soft tannins that lead to a long lengthy finish. In the glass the wine is opaque purple in color. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, plum, boysenberry, vanilla, baking spices, smoked chocolate, anise. Flavors of blueberry, blackberry, dark chocolate, plum, smoked meat, vanilla. Aged 16 months in 61% new French & American oak."

Staff Reviews

  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    The Big Easy just screams Central Coast Rhone! It has big, juicy, ripe fruit characters that are inviting and great to have around for the holiday season. Notes of blackberries, raspberry liquor, chocolate and vanilla are shown on the nose as well as on the palate. The finish is nice and smooth with moderate tannin and acidity. If you love bold, juicy wines, the Big Easy is your bottle!
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    This one is new to me, but a fun under-the-radar find from an often-overlooked producer. Inky dark to the core with deep aromas of asphalt, dark chocolate, and black currant, the palate follows with hedonistic rich deep red fruit, licorice, and vanilla. Although the flavors are deep, the finish is clean and fresh with just enough acidity and structure to support it. This is a fun, crowd-pleasing wine that will find a lot of quick friends, and one that will drink well right out of the gates.
  • Trey Beffa
    By: Trey Beffa
    K&L Staff Member
    The Big Easy is just that! - A big, juicy, fruit filled wine that coats the mouth and finishes smooth and easy. For me the Syrah here really shines in this wine. The flavors of blueberry pie, cream and spice just jump into the mouth. This is an pretty intense wine for the money but shows zero harsh edges. Just delicious!
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose of this wine is dense, ripe Syrah fruit that rolls out of the glass. On the palate the sweet density is obvious and the tannins are polished and fine while exhibiting touches of vanilla and spice. The finish fills up the middle of your palate expanding in a wide, broad expanding richness. If you're having spicy BBQ'ed ribs this could be your go to wine!


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