2015 Foxen "Bien Nacido Vineyard - Block UU" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay SKU #1303714

$24.99

RP 93 VN 93
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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    2/28/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    A fantastically complex, mineral intense Chardonnay from one of my absolute favorite vineyards in California, Bien Nacido. The "UU" block at Bien Nacido was once planted to Riesling. The vines are now "top grafted" over to Chardonnay (i.e. these old, deep roots once grew Riesling, the top of the vine was then removed and Chardonnay grafted onto the old existing root system). The resulting wine has pronounced saline, mineral, wet stone characters with golden stone fruit, citrus blossom, yeasty tones and flint. Layers of fruit intertwine with the complex soil driven elements revealing more and more complexity as the wine unfurls in the glass. A very intricate wine with so much intrigue and nuance. Exceptional pricing given the quality of the wine and pedigree of the site.
    Top Value!
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    2/23/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an intriguing Foxen offering from a single block of the well known Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria. Spontaneous fermentation took place giving this Chardonnay interesting matchbox and tropical notes along with citrus pith, minerality and bright refreshing acidity. There is also a lovely creamy texture coming from 8 months aging on the less. A beautiful take on Chardonnay from a great site that shouldn't be missed!

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