Foxen 2017 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
From Jeb Dunnuck:
I loved the nose of the 2017 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley. It just screams Pinot Noir with its spiced cherry, raspberry, white pepper, and sappy herb aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, nicely textured, fresh, and lively on the palate, it's a smoking little Calif Pinot Noir well worth checking out. This cuvée was just 25% destemmed and spent 9 months in used French oak. 91 points
Founded by Bill Wathen and Dick Dore in 1985, Foxen Winery and Vineyard is a small production, sustainably farmed, and terroir driven winery from Santa Barbara. They focus their Pinot Noirs and Rhone-Inspired wines under their original Foxen label while they produce Bordeaux-inspired and other unique varietals under Foxen 7200.