Friday, December 15, 2006

Foxen, Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, 2004


Foxen belongs (according to me) to the top tier of Pinot Noir producers in Santa Ynez Valley. The 2004 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir is their least expensive Pinot Noir ($30 at the winery) and the majority of the grapes comes from Foxen's own Block Eight of the Bien Nacido Vineyard. The nose reveals red cherry and berries. The cherry carries through on the palate with slight pepper notes and minerals. It ends in a pleasant finish with sufficient tannins. This is a good wine, while their other Pinots are great wines. I would pay the extra cost for their single vineyard Pinots. Especially the Julia's Vineyard ($46) or even better double my money to get the Sea Smoke Vineyard ($64) which is a true stand out. Probably one of the best central coast Pinots of the 2004 vintage. Well, that is if you can get a hold of it...

2 comments:

Benjamin Bicais said...

I've been a fan of Foxen for a few years now and I agree that their single vineyard Pinots are some of the best in California. They also make small amounts of Syrah, late harvest Viognier, and an old vine Chenin Blanc which I particularly enjoyed. (a friend had it, I wish I knew where to get more)

Victoria said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your comment.
I have had the Foxen Syrah (still more impressed by their Pinots though) but never their Viognier or Old Vine Chenin Blanc. I do know where to get a hold of it though... At www.wine-searcher.com you can find the Old Vine Chenine Blanc starting at $18. Check it out...