2013 Foxen Pinot Noir Block 8 Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria (750ml)

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Santa Maria
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Review Score: 95WA, 94WE, 93V
Alcohol By Volume: 14.4%
B-21 Top Recommendation: Read More

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An incredible, profound Pinot Noir, Foxen's 2013 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 was completely destemmed and aged 17 months in 50% new French oak. Its deep ruby color is followed by sensational notes of sweet cherries, black raspberries, crushed flowers and a touch of licorice. Medium to full-bodied, layered and multi-dimensional, with seamless texture, this is California Pinot Noir at its finest. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years.

95 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 220 - Aug 2015)

Cinnamon spice and pomegranate fruit give a soft touch to minerally driven aromas of black slate and wet cement on the nose of this block- designated (and trademarked!) wine. The wine’s tannic grip and tartness are apparent on the texturally distinct palate before raspberry, hibiscus and rose petal flavors settle into a long, rich finish.

94 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2015)

A powerful, structured wine, the 2013 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 is literally bursting at the seams with explosive energy. A host of savory herbs, smoke, licorice and tobacco open up in the glass, but this is a wine to put a way for a few years, as the elements still need time to come together. The firm, grippy finish and the wine's overall delineation are both striking.

93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Jun 2015)