2017 Foxen Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Maria

Pinot Noir - 750ML
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JD 91
JD 91

jebdunnuck.com, October 2019

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...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Maria Valley
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the exquisite 2017 Foxen Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Maria. This remarkable red wine hails from the Central Coast region of California, specifically the Santa Barbara appellation within the Santa Maria Valley sub-appellation. Crafted by the esteemed Foxen Vineyard, this Pinot Noir is a true gem that captures the essence of the terroir and showcases the winemaking expertise behind it.

As you feast your eyes upon the bottle, the label entices you with a glimpse of the wine's character. With its deep, ruby red color, this Pinot Noir exudes elegance and sophistication. Uncorking the bottle releases a symphony of aromas that will transport you to a world of sensory delight. The nose of the 2017 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley is a testament to its varietal, boasting spiced cherry, raspberry, white pepper, and sappy herb notes. Each aroma intertwines harmoniously, creating a captivating bouquet that will leave you spellbound.

On the palate, this Pinot Noir truly shines. Medium-bodied and impeccably textured, it dances gracefully across your taste buds, leaving a trail of sheer pleasure in its wake. The freshness and liveliness of this wine are undeniable, and its vibrant acidity adds a beautiful lift to every sip. The careful aging in used French oak for 9 months has imparted subtle nuances and a velvety mouthfeel that enhances the overall experience.

Renowned wine critic Jeb Dunnuck shares my enthusiasm for this exceptional vintage, awarding it an impressive score of 91. He praises the wine's character, describing it as a "smoking little Calif Pinot Noir well worth checking out." With only 25% destemming and a limited production of 3,500 cases, this is a true testament to the meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail that Foxen Vineyard pours into each bottle.

In conclusion, the 2017 Foxen Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Maria is a wine that demands your attention. Its seductive aromas, impeccable structure, and undeniable finesse make it an absolute delight to indulge in. Whether you are a seasoned wine connoisseur or an enthusiastic beginner, this Pinot Noir is a must-try, showcasing the best of California winemaking. So raise your glass and savor the magic that awaits within this extraordinary bottle. Cheers!