Wine Rating: RP=97
Wine Rating: RP=93+
Wine Rating: RP=91
Wine Rating: WS=93
Wine Rating: RP=95
Wine Rating: WS=94
Wine Rating: RP=96
Wine Rating: WS=93
Wine Rating: RP=98
Bill Wathen and Dick Dore’ have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in Northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time their dedication has remained the same: the creation of small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a straightforward and minimalist approach to winemaking.
The Bien Nacido vineyard sits at the western edge of the Santa Maria Bench of Santa Barbara County, in alluvial terraces and hills above the Sisquoc River. Summer daytime temperatures are moderated by coastal fog and cool ocean breezes, which extend grape “hang time.”
Originally planted in 1973 with Clone 4 on its own roots, Block UU, at the eastern edge of the Bien Nacido Vineyard, was inter-planted in 1991 with the same Clone 4 Chardonnay. The wine is distinguished by beautiful tropical and citrus aromas that are followed by a rich full mouthfeel and flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and mango, notes of minerality and just a hint of toasty vanilla. Malo-lactic fermentation is discouraged to help this wine retain its natural bright acidity that beautifully balances the richness of the mouthfeel.
“…White peach, ash, slate, pear and crushed rocks show superb energy allied to power in a Chardonnay with searing intensity, fabulous balance and tons of personality."
-Antonio Galloni, 95 Points, Vinous
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