The numbers are in and they are beautiful!
Wine Enthusiast has honored us once again with amazing scores and reviews for our Foxen Pinot Noirs and Whites. We are so humbled and proud of how well received and loved our wines are. Thank you Foxen friends and family for all your support, and thanks to the Wine Enthusiast for such beautiful words and scores for our wines!
November 2013 Issue:
This issue highlights our Pinot Noirs, of our 9 vineyard designates 7 scored beautifully. We are particularly excited about how the Fe Ciega and the Bien Nacido Pinots were rated and written up.
94 Points Foxen 2011 Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir
An exciting wine, dry and silky with balanced restraint overall, the power is evident in the controlled explosion of cherries, currants and cola, wrapped in firm, smooth tannins. A great success, and worthy of extended cellaring. Begin to drink this beauty after 2018.
93 Points Foxen 2011 Block 43 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir
A great success, especially given the difficulties of the vintage. With a modest alcohol reading of 13.8% by volume, it’s exuberantly ripe in cherries and umami-filled red currants, with oak adding just the right notes of toast. Delicious now, but this is a Pinot that wants some age.
92 Points Foxen 2011 Block 8 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir
These’s a severity of acids and tannins that limits this Pinot’s immediate enjoyment. It feels tight and hard, despite a core of black and red cherries and the sweetness of toasty oak. All indications point to the cellar. Give it 6-7 years and could still be going strong after 2020.
92 Points Foxen 2011 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
Enormously rich, showing cola, black cherry pie filling and even some dark chocolate notes. There’s a soft sweetness of the fruit and oak that suggests drinking this lovely wine now. You can’t go wrong with a grilled steak, or carne asada.
92 Points Foxen 2011 Sea Smoke Vineyard Pinot Noir
A streak of bright acidity cuts through the ripe red cherry, currant and cola flavors of this full-bodied, young Pinot Noir. It’s aggressive and immature now, with the oak unintegrated with the primary fruit, but has a great future. Give it a minimum of six years in the cellar to knit together.
89 Points Foxen 2011 John Sebastiano Vinedard Pinot Noir
The most forward and drinkable of Foxen’s many new 2011 Pinot Noirs. It’s soft and juicy with raspberries and cherry flavors, plus subtleties of cola, sauteed wild mushrooms and sweet, toasty sandalwood. A pretty wine that’s perfect with lamb.
December 2013 Issue:
The upcoming December issue focuses on whites, very appropriately, and we are proud to announce that we have the top two Chardonnays, the top Chenin Blanc, and our Sauvignon Blanc comes in at number three for the state of California. It has been a very good year for us and it’s only getting better.
92 Points Foxen 2012 Bien Nacido Vineyard Block UU Chardonnay
Foxen’s UU bottling is practically an insurance policy for great Chardonnay in any vintage. With 2012, the winery was granted a balanced, even harvest, with the resulting wine showing brisk acidity and subtle fruit and mineral flavors, touched with sweet oak. It defines a cool-climate style of Chardonnay in a most delicious way.
92 Points Foxen 2012 Tinaquaic Vineyard Chardonnay
With mouthwatering acidity, a stony minerality, modes alcohol and complex peach, green apple and tropical fruit flavors, this Chardonnay shows a Burgundian approach despite its California origins. Bone dry, it has a precise, chiseled elegance.
91 Points Foxen 2012 Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard Old Vines Chenin Blanc
Chenin Blanc is a difficult variety to get right in California, but few wineries do it better than Foxen. They have a solid track record, going back for years, of wrestling the wine’s difficulties into elegant submission. With the 2012 vintage, Foxen has crafted one of their best ever. It’s dry, moderate in alcohol and crisp in acidity, with complex peach, citrus, green apple, wax bean and herb flavors.
90 Points Foxen 2012 7200 Vogelzang Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
This bottling by Foxen has been consistent over the years in producing a wine of great varietal purity. The 2012 vintage is dry, crisply mouthwatering wine with gooseberry, grapefruit and peach flavors. Goat cheese comes to mind as the ideal pairing, perhaps in a salad of bitter greens and grapefruits.