Foxen Block 8 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir 2019 - 750ml

Foxen Block 8 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir 2016 - 750ml

Foxen Block 8 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir 2019 - 750ml

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95pts Vinous

The 2019 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 is a juicy, exuberant Pinot. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, new leather and rose petals are all kicked up. This is a decidedly lush, voluptuous Pinot that will drink well with minimal cellaring. There is a lot to look forward to. This rich, heady Pinot is not exactly subtle, but is sure is delicious.

92pts Wine Enthusiast

Muddled cherry, dark-plum, pepper-tree and fairly prominent oak aromas show on the nose of this blockdesignated bottling. The palate hits with immediate tension, giving an edge to the plummy, hard-spice flavors.

92pts Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 is a more broad, expansive wine, revealing medium to full-bodied richness and depth as well as velvety tannins. Offering lots of baked cherry fruit, notes of licorice, scorched earth, and roasted herbs, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it leans on its fruit and texture, yet doesn’t have the precision of some of the other releases.

91pts Wine & Spirits

This pinot from a block at Bien Nacido planted in 1996 is quiet and composed, with a beguiling seaweed savor adorning dark berry and black raspberry accents. The flavors are deep and satisfying, with good concentration and full-on fruit.

Winemaker Notes

Exclusively planted for Foxen in 1996 by Bien Nacido Vineyard, the eleven-acre Block 8 sits on the highest point and one of the steepest sections of this Santa Maria Bench vineyard. 

Winery Notes

Bill Wathen and Dick Dore have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time, their dedication has remained the same - the creation of very small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a "minimalist" approach to winemaking. Foxen is named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, an English sea captain and Dick's great-great grandfather, who came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800s and purchased the Rancho Tinaquaic. Captain Foxen adopted the distinctive "anchor" as his cattle brand, which became the trademark of the winery. Foxen is at home on the history Rancho Tinaquaic with its solar-powered winery, tasting room and 7200 "shack."

 

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