Foxen Vineyards Santa Maria Valley
While there have been a plethora of new names emerging in these increasingly fashionable small wine regions, the Foxen boys, as they are affectionately known, have been around it seems for an eternity. They have consistently and continue to produce some of the best and most characterful wines from the area. Fruit comes from a number of sources including their own estate Tinaquaic Vineyard and the high altitude steeply sloping Block 8 of the giant Bien Nacido Vineyard. The regular Pinot Noir is elegant, cherry-fruited and softly structured but offers impressive depth and persistence, a large part of the fruit coming from Block 8. The Bien Nacido bottling itself is altogether firmer and fuller with a ripe gamey character and an impressive depth of complex dark fruit and smoky oak. A Block 43 is released from the same vineyard and there are releases from a number of other vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. A range of Bordeaux styles are now being released under the Foxen 7200 label along with a Sangiovese and Sangiovese Merlot blend, Volpino. Chardonnay from the home Tinaquaic vineyard has long been one of the better examples from the region combining a rich, toasty and creamy character with subtle citrus and lightly tropical fruit. Chardonnay also comes from Bien Nacido. Of equal interest is one of the best Chenin Blanc in California. The Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard provides fruit of the highest quality with real varietal purity. Both Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc are barrel fermented and will develop further with a little ageing as will the reds, particularly the Block 8 and the Foothills Reserve. (DM)
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