Foxen Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 Pinot Noir 2015

Foxen Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 Pinot Noir 2015

SKU 114303


Exclusively planted for us in 1996 by Bien Nacido Vineyard, our eleven-acre Block 8 sits on the highest point and one of the steepest sections of this Santa Maria Bench vineyard. Our original planting includes five acres of Pommard Clone (that we farm for our Santa Maria Valley bottling) and the remaining acreage is planted with Clones 2A, Mt. Eden, 113 and 115 that are blended for our Block 8 bottling. In 2006 we planted an additional 3 acres (Block 43 that sits adjacent to Block 8) of Pinot Noir (Clones 667 and 777) that now adds new depth and complexity to this wine. Our Block 8 is bottled after seven months in François Frères barrels (70% new).
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Maria Valley
Brand Foxen
Alcohol/vol 13.9%
  • we96

Wine EnthusiastThis block-designate wine shows flamboyant aromas of red cherry, cola, purple flowers and light caramel. The palate offers an amazingly cohesive and zesty experience, combining piquant cranberry and tart raspberry with slate-driven minerality and a persistent woody spice. The texture is soft, but lifted by strong acidity.

Matt Kettmann, November 1, 2017
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 is quite Burgundian in profile, wafting from the glass with aromas of wild berries, grilled game bird, spice and rich soil. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, sappy and savory, with fine tannins and a penetrating, sapid finish.

William Kelley, April 27, 2018
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorA crisp style, filled with red currant and green olive flavors, accented by notes of sage and dried green herbs. Firm tannins show on the finish. Drink now through 2020.

Kim Marcus, 2017