Our Wines - Pinots

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Our Wines - Pinots

Our Pinots


If you don’t know our Pinots, you don’t know FOXEN. We have become renown for our incredible Pinot Noirs. Vintage after vintage receive the highest acclaim and awards.

2015 Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley
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92 Points - Wine Advocate

""Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir is scented of violets, cinnamon stick and Ceylon tea over a core of red cherries and raspberries, plus a hint of dried Provence herbs. The light to medium-bodied palate offers up a fantastic intensity of perfumed red berries supported by soft, silky tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with a lovely herbal lift."


2014 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
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91 Points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

"Black cherries, toasted spice, licorice and wild herbs all emerge from the balanced, gorgeously textured 2014 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills. And, it’s a smoking value that has both fruit and complexity. It will shine for 4-5 years."

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"Concentrated red cherries, dried purple flowers, fresh rose petals and a wet gravel minerality show on the nose of this bottling by Billy Wathen and Dick Dore. It's light in body and fairly delicate on the sip, with Earl Grey tea, stewed cranberry and rose-hip flavors."

90 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine

90 Points - California Grapevine


2013 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
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91 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine

"Dark, smooth and ripe with juicy cherry and lively acidity; fresh, balanced and lush with good length."

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast

90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

"If you're looking for a classic Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir for not much buck, look no further than the 2013 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills from Foxen. Like all the wines here, it was destemmed and spent 17 months in French oak, with this cuvee seeing roughly 30% new (the single vineyard varies from 30-50% new). It offers a plump, rounded, supple and sexy style to go with beautiful spice, rose petal and sweet red and black fruits. Drink this medium-bodied, layered and exceedingly pure Pinot over the coming 5-6 years."


2014 Pinot Noir, Julia's Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley
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94 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"Fresh cranberry and black raspberry show on the nose of this bottling that also offers black-pepper sauce, savory soy and a touch of iodine. There's a tarry tension to the palate, but with tart dark cranberry and richer dark cherry flavors as well, mixing up the savory smoke with dense fruit."

93 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine

"Lush and juicy with plum and raspberry; dense and smooth, sweet new oak and a rich finish."

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Ripe black cherries, strawberries, forest floor and lots of spice emerge from the 2014 Pinot Noir Julia’s Vineyard, which is medium-bodied, nicely textured, fresh and elegant. There’s a kick of tannin, yet ripe and polished. Give bottles a year or two and drink through 2024." - Jeb Dunnuck

90 Points - Vinous

"The 2014 Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard is a soft, open-knit, fruit-driven Pinot to drink over the next few years. Sweet red cherry, plum and spice are pushed forward in this succulent mid-weight offering from Foxen. Ripe, silky tannins add to the wine's considerable appeal."

90 Points - Burghound

"Coincidence or otherwise this also reflects a minty hint that runs more toward menthol on the restrained and pretty nose that presents an assortment of both red and dark fruit elements along with hints of briar and tea. There is fine richness and volume to the round and velvety middle weight flavors that possess good power and punch on the dusty and borderline robust finale that also displays a hint of warmth. This is a big if not refined wine with plenty of character."

2013 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard
Sta. Rita Hills
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94 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine

"Bright, tangy and juicy with red cherry and racy acidity; pure, elegant and lifted with depth, intensity and finesse."

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast

2014 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard
Sta. Rita Hills
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94 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
"Ripe, juicy and elegant with bright acidity and lovely Burgundian style; fresh cherry and vanilla, long and lush, racy and lifted."

92 Points - Wine Advocate
"Possessing a beautiful, high toned nose of violets, blood orange, toasted spice and caramelized cherries, the 2014 Pinot Noir la Encantada Vineyard hits the palate with a silky, polished, elegant, finesse-oriented texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. Fresh and lively aromatically, yet with more richness and depth coming through on the palate, it's an impressive wine to enjoy over the following 7-8 years."

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Bright raspberry and fresh-pressed bramble make for a nicely snappy nose that also conveys a touch of rust, graphite and earthiness. Tart cranberry and plum skin mesh into mineral tones of slate and pencil lead, all lifted by bay leaf and dried sage. It needs time to reach full potential."

90 Points - Burghound
"This is also somewhat aromatically restrained as it combines notes of dark cherry and plum with those of anise and slightly exotic Asian-style tea nuances. There is excellent richness to the velvety, round and supple medium-bodied flavors that possess a seductive mouth feel before concluding in a dusty, powerful and vibrant finish. This moderately structured effort isn't especially complex at present though the underlying material appears to ensure that more will almost certainly develop if allowed a few years of bottle age."


2014 Pinot Noir Block 8 - Bien Nacido Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley
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95 Points - Wine Enthusuast
"Hearty plum, deep rose petal, earthy juniper, a touch of charcoal and crushed graphite aromas show strongly on the nose of this bottling from a tiny block in this historic vineyard. The palate packs an awesome combination of tension, energy and power, like a clenched fist in a silk glove, with tangy olallieberry fruit and a menthol character that carries deep into the finish."

92 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
"Smooth, lush and dense with ripe cherry, tangy acidity; balanced and fresh, long and snappy."

92 Points - Vinous
"The 2014 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Block 8 is a bit darker and fleshier than the Block 43, with more of a vertical expression of structure, greater tannic heft and notable breadth in its shape. Dark spice, lavender, sage, iron, game and mint infuse a core of blue and purplish-hued stone fruits. This is an especially brooding, intense Pinot from Foxen, and yet all the elements are impeccably balanced."

92 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2014 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 is another terrific wine, yet it lacks a touch of the charm and elegance of the other Pinot Noirs here. Saddle leather, wild herbs, black cherries and framboise all emerge from this rich, structured, even tannic Pinot Noir that will benefit from short term cellaring. Like the other Pinots here, it was whole berry, destemmed and spent 17 months in 40% new French oak."

91 Points - California Grapevine

90 Points - Burghound
"Here the nose is compositionally similar to the Santa Maria Valley cuvée but with more evident spice and better complexity as well. There is good volume but also good detail to the supple, round and polished middle weight flavors that culminate in a dusty, sappy and equally complex finale where the only nit is a very mild acid tang. It's possible that with a few years of bottle age, as the tannins resolve, that the tang will dissipate and even today I suspect that with a well-chosen dish it would largely be a non-issue."

2014 Pinot Noir Block 43 - Bien Nacido Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley
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95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

"I loved the two Pinot Noirs from the Bien Nacido Vineyard, and both have distinct characters. The inky colored, rich, concentrated, yet gorgeously pure 2014 Pinot Noir Block 43 Bien Nacido Vineyard (destemmed and aged in 40% new French oak) gives up fabulous notes of very ripe raspberries, spring flowers, forest floor and a touch of oak in its textured, rich, layered, silky personality. This is a fabulous wine."

93 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine

" Smooth, lush and juicy with ripe black cherry and mellow style; ripe, tangy and long."

92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"The 2014 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Block 43 offers lovely depth and creaminess in a surprisingly succulent style for this site. Then again, this parcel was planted for Foxen with Dijon clones that naturally yield generous fruit. Underlying beams of salinity confer freshness and persistence throughout that balance the fruit nicely. Sweet dark red and purplish fruit, mint and sweet spice meld into the fleshy, inviting finish."


2014 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard
Santa Rita Hills
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95 Points - Wine Enthusiast

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

“Spicy and complex, with lots of sour cherries, dried underbrush and crushed flowers, the 2014 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard (aged 17 months in 50% new French oak) is medium-bodied, silky and polished on the palate. It has fine tannin and a clean, classy, balanced style that's already hard to resist. Nevertheless, it will evolve for 5-7 years.” - Jeb Dunnuck

91 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine

90 Points - California Grapevine

2014 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard
Santa Maria Valley

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93 Points - Wine Advocate

"Supple, pure, polished and loaded with fruit, the 2014 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard offers tons of strawberry, wild flowers, spice and hints of licorice in its fruit-forward, plump, mouth-filling style. Despite all of the fruit, it has bright acidity and stays clean, fresh and focused on the finish. I love this vineyard, and this 2014 was destemmed (all of the Pinots here are destemmed) and aged 17 months in 33% new French oak. Drink it anytime over the coming decade."

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"This bottling from a vineyard on the extreme west end of the appellation is dense and dark on the nose with concentrated black cherries, sandalwood, sweet anise, allspice and strong garrigue notes. Tart cranberries and crushed oregano, thyme and marjoram herbs show on the sip, which is brightened with zesty acidity. It leaves a menthol-like sensation in the mouth on the finish."

92 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine

"Lush and ripe with smooth texture and balanced flavors of cherry and plum; rich, balanced and long."

2014 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard
Santa Rita Hills
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94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Quite light in the glass, this bottling offers a strongly sage-driven nose bolstered by light licorice and chipped slate that's laced through the tangy cranberry and pretty red-cherry aromas. It's easy and light on the sip but with a full flavor profile, from pomegranate to snappy raspberry, thyme, oregano, dill and tons of pepper."

94 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
"Juicy, crisp and tangy with bright raspberry and cherry; lively, fresh and racy; long and balanced; Burgundian, fresh and lifted."

92 Points - Wine Advocate , Jeb Dunnuck
"Spice box, dried underbrush, hints of olive and game (I always find a touch of gaminess in wines from the Melville Vineyard), with sweet cherry fruit and framboise, all show in the 2014 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard. This Pinot is translucent colored, medium-bodied, balanced and elegant on the palate. Drink it over the coming 5-7 years."

92 Points - Burghound
"This is aromatically quite cool and restrained with distinct notes of spiced green tea to the essence of red cherry and dark raspberry-scented nose. I very much like the mouth feel of the satin-textured middle weight flavors that possess fine delineation on the complex, balanced and sneaky long finish. This is lovely stuff and worth checking out plus it could easily be enjoyed young if desired."

2014 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard
Sta. Rita Hills
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95 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
"Crisp and racy with juicy Burgundian style; elegant and lifted with smooth, fresh raspberry and tangy cherry fruit; illustrates why we love this variety; lively and long, seductive and pure."

94 Points - Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck
"Spice box, sappy herbs, bright acidity, rose petal, black cherry and currant notes all emerge from the 2014 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard. This medium-bodied, supple, layered and charming effort has fine tannin, bright acidity and a good finish, all suggesting it will evolve nicely. Note, this spent 17 months in 40% new French oak."

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Reserved on the nose, this bottling by Billy Wathen and Dick Dore from their friend Rick Longoria's vineyard offers cranberry, fennel, lavender and a touch of smoke on the nose. It's delicate in its approach, with tightly woven strawberry, red plum and cranberry fruit lifted by dried sagebrush and more of that wildfire smoke."

91 Points - Burghound
"This is also quite deeply pitched yet attractively cool with its admirably pure aromas of plum, violet and dark cherry where an interesting note of dried tangerine peel can be found. The energetic medium weight flavors possess a highly sophisticated mouth feel thanks primarily to the notably fine-grained tannins shaping the delicious, dusty and complex finale. This should benefit from a few years of bottle age yet it's not so tightly wound that it couldn't be enjoyed on the younger side if that's your preference."