For coonskin-cap-wearing Baby Boomers, Fess Parker’s legacy will always be the lead characters in the television series he starred in — Davy Crockett (1954-55) and Daniel Boone (1964-70). Once he retired from acting, Parker, who stood a commanding 6-feet 5-inches tall, launched into the real estate and hotel/resort business, then following his dream of starting a winery in Santa Barbara County in 1989, focusing on Rhone Valley grape varieties. Parker died in 2010, but his family continues to expand the winery’s activities with reach into Napa Valley. The family includes daughter Ashley Parker-Snider; son Eli Parker, CEO; and Ashley’s husband Tim Snider, president. Addendum involves cabernet sauvignon from Rutherford and Atlas Peak, the latter site being the well-known Stagecoach Vineyard. Winemaker is Blair Fox. These are limited edition, expensive wines that are, as the big wine magazines say, approvingly, “thoroughly oaked,” though they’re too thoroughly oaked for my taste. The effort seems to be to fashion large-framed wines that make a deliberately huge impression on the palate. I was not entranced — such wines are fatiguing to drink — but I realize that some consumers like a full-throttle style, so I’ll keep that factor in mind with a nod in the direction of grudging admiration for two of these examples, while the other pair seem too big for their deer-skin britches.

These wines were samples for review. Image of Fess Parker from iCollector.com.
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The Addendum Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley, aged 28 months in French oak, 67 percent new barrels. The grapes derived from the Rutherford AVA (67 percent) and the Stagecoach Vineyard. The color is the deep ruby-purple of royal robes; intense and concentrated scents and flavors of black currants and cherries are permeated by iodine and iron, graphite and loam, and notes of cedar and dried thyme and rosemary; the wine is formidably dry and envelopes the palate with volumes of velvety, dusty tannins and graphite minerality wrapped around a tight core of licorice, lavender and bittersweet chocolate; the finish continues the strain of hard-core minerality. 14.9 percent alcohol. Try from 2020 or ’22 through 2028 to ’30. Production was 276 cases. I’ll go with an Excellent rating for this one. About $90.
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Even more intense and concentrated than its cousin mentioned above, the Addendum Skellenger Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Rutherford, aged 28 months in French oak, 100 percent new barrels; friends, that’s a lot of toasty new wood. The color is black-purple fading to a transparent rim; it’s paradoxically warm and spicy at first but quickly develops a chiseled mineral edge and deep, dusty, boldly fashioned tannins and a dense velvety texture you could row through with an oar. The wine opens slightly after a few minutes in the glass, admitting notes of mint and thyme, rosemary and cedar, smoke and wood ash, all of these elements driven by vibrant acidity through to a whopping austere finish. 14.9 percent alcohol. Try from 2020 or ’22 through 2030 to ’32. Production was 116 cases. Very Good+. About $95.
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The Stagecoast Vineyard lies at elevations from 1,200 to 1,800 feet in the Atlas Peak AVA. This opaque Addendum Stagecoast Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Atlas Peak, aged 28 months in French oak, 40 percent new barrels. It exhibits what I think of as the high elevation influence in notes of celery seed and cedar, slightly resinous rosemary and sage and a very woodsy/meadowy feeling of wild flowers, herbs and forest loam, as well as bastions of dusty, flinty tannins. This is a powerful wine, energized by decisive acidity and deeply rooted granitic minerality that brooks no dispute, all the way through a finish packed with elements of gravel and clean earth. 14.9 percent alcohol. Try from 2020 to ’23 through 2030 to ’34. Production was 115 cases. Tremendous character here, and I believe the possibility for great development for those with patience and a yen for wines of huge dimension. Excellent. About $95.
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The most sizable and impenetrable of this quartet is the Addendum Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2014, Atlas Peak, a blend of 56 percent cabernet and 44 percent syrah that aged 28 months in French oak, 22 percent new barrels. This is a deep, dark, brooding wine that feels like bolts of velvet infused with iron filings and dredged with dusty tannins. Fruit is so black it’s metallic blue, and it’s enlivened by notes of graphite, ancho chili, walnut shell and dried porcini. The whole effect is of some incisive dynamism propelled by foreboding forces, making for a wine that may — or may not — be ready to drink some day. 14.9 percent alcohol. Production was 215 cases. Try, if you have the courage, from 2021 or ’23 through who knows…? Very Good+. About $80.
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