Fresh Off the Truck Review: 2016 Foxen Block 32 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir

Friday, May 1, 2020

Retailer: Wine Access
Wine: 2016 Foxen Block 43 Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir (affiliate link)
Price: $65
Alcohol: 14.0%

Foxen is a stop that Jack and Miles make in Sideways where they help themselves to full pours when the server turns their back (reference). It's been long time since that movie put California Pinot Noir (especially Pinot Noirs from Southern Califonia) rightfully on the map but I still enjoy the movie every time I see it.

Foxen is a winery where I think you really need to step up from the appellation bottlings and get into single vineyard offerings to see what they're all about.

And if the adage of "the more desciptors on the label, the more expensive wine" holds true - this one is/should be...pricey.

But at the end of the day, for me, the wine is really (really) good. I say that because for me it was, at first, a hedonsitic full-throlled California Pinot Noir. But upon closer inspection, more earthy undertones reveal themselves.

Could this be the perfect representation of a full-bodied domestic Pinot Noir combined with Burgundian underpinnings? It just might be. I really like this wine and will buy more.

93/100 WWP: Outstanding

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