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FOXEN Newsletter

Dear Compass Club Members,

May 2016

This is a special shipment with two of our most limited, tasting room exclusive 7200 wines: 2014 Vogelzang Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and 2013 Pajarito. They are the perfect wines to kick off spring and summer’s warmer days. Over the last month we have experienced one of our most spectacular wildflower shows in many, many years. Since March our hillsides have been jammed packed with blooming poppies, lupin and ceanothus—making this one of the most beautiful springs that I can remember. If you haven’t already done so, I strongly urge you to take a leisurely drive to visit us in the next couple of weeks while the wildflowers are still in bloom. Bill’s crew has been very busy over the last few months working in our vineyards: pruning, weeding, and making sure that everything is ready for the 2016 growing season. And our cellar crew, led by our newly-appointed winemaker, David Whitehair (who has been our assistant winemaker for the last nine years) and Bill bottled the 2014 single-vineyard Pinot Noirs in midMarch, and they will soon be preparing for our second bottling in June. My travel season began early this year with trips to Missouri and Alabama in late January and a quick trip to Arizona last month. And over the next five weeks I have trips planned for Texas, New Jersey and Louisiana—capped off with my second wine dinner at the iconic Emeril’s in New Orleans on June 4th. In addition, Jenny joined me on trips to Tahoe for the 49er Foundation WinterFest and Hawaii for tastings and wine dinners, and she went solo to New York last month for sales work. And daughter Kaitlin has been busy working up and down California. Coast to coast, the Foxen sales team is hard at work! Finally, I want to take this opportunity to announce that Foxen is set to host our first river cruise in July of 2017. Jenny and I will host a seven-night Rhône River Cruise, Avignon to Lyon, July 16-23, 2017 on Uniworld’s Boutique River Cruise Ship, SS Catherine. Compared to our previous Oceania cruises co-hosted with Martinelli, this will be a smaller, more intimate Foxen-only cruise. Go to foodandwinetrails.com for more information and registration. I hope to see you soon at the winery, or at the many events we host around the country this year. To that end, I encourage you to periodically check out our “Events Calendar” on our website, www. May 2016 Payment Detail foxenvineyard.com/experience-foxen/ Compass Club Shipping Members: events/, and stay up-to-date with all $84.78 (including your 15% discount, CA state tax, and CA things FOXEN on our Facebook page, www. shipping) facebook.com/foxenwinery. Compass Club Pickup: $64.26 (including your 15% discount, and CA state tax) Cheers! Your state tax and/or shipping rate may be different depending on your location. Dick Doré Pick-up members are not charged a shipping fee. FOXEN Vineyard & Winery • 7600 FoxenCanyon Rd • Santa Maria, CA • 93454 • Tel. 805.937.4251 • foxenvineyard.com

Calendar of Events

May 2016

May 1st - Sta. Rita Wine Growers Association Road Trip - The Marina, San Diego, CA

The Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance members are hitting the road to team up with Marina Kitchen to host an afternoon tasting and BBQ dinner on Sunday, May 1st, in beautiful San Diego. Twenty plus member wineries including FOXEN will be on hand to pour their wines, discuss the virtues of our AVA and share our passion for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produced from our Sta. Rita Hills vineyards. Pre-sale tickets $60 plus sales tax and ticket fees or $75 plus tax at the door. All ticket prices include a take home SRHWA logo burgundy glass. Visit our events page for more information at: Foxenvineyard.com/experience-foxen/events

May 14th - Chardonnay Symposium - Greengate Ranch & Vineyard - San Luis Obispo, CA

Enjoy the opportunity to taste through an ensemble of premium Chardonnay from the U.S. and around the world spanning the diverse flavor profiles of Chardonnay. Guests will enjoy small bites, view a host of vendor booths, and engage in a wine lineup unique to this event. To expand upon the ambiance, this event will take place amongst the vines at Greengate Ranch & Vineyard in the Edna Valley, providing an authentic wine country feel. A silent auction will be included with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Cal Poly’s Wine & Viticulture and Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration departments. Come taste and discover for yourself why Chardonnay is the world’s greatest grape! For more information visit: http://thechardonnaysymposium.com/

May 22nd - Sta. Rita Wine Growers Association - The Ventura Wine Cave - Ventura, CA

Join Kaitlin as the Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers Alliance members head south to Ventura to bring a taste of the Sta. Rita Hills to Southern California. Meet local winemakers, taste our wines and take some bottles home. Catch up with old friends and meet new ones for an evening of SRH in Ventura. For more information visit: www.staritahills.com/ all-events/

June 18th - Pinot Days San Francisco - San Francisco, CA

Kaitlin will be pouring at Pinot Days in San Fransisco a grand tasting that celebrates the amazing noble grape in all its gloriously diverse styles, and this year’s offering is more broad and complete than ever. Over 80 artisan winemakers representing every domestic pinot noir region will pour the fruits of their craft, each sharing their unique interpretation of pinot noir and the stories of their winemaking. Tickets ar $75 and can be purchased at www.pinotdays.com.

July 20th - Stars of Pinot Noir - Sofitel Los Angeles - Beverly Hills, CA

STARS of Pinot is here to delight you with 60 of the world’s top producers pouring over 240 Pinot Noir wines! This STAR-studded event, hosted by wineLA, will be held at the luxurious Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. All guests enjoy unlimited wine tasting, tray passed hors d’oeuvres, and an assortment of breads, cheeses and chocolate. VIP guests are invited to attend our VIP Pinot Noir Panel Discussion & Tasting, enjoy a delicious VIP buffet, and receive a VIP gift bag packed with fabulous items to take home. For more information visit: www.winela.com/starsofpinot/ FOXEN Vineyard & Winery • 7600 Foxen Canyon Rd • Santa Maria, CA • 93454 • Tel. 805.937.4251 • foxenvineyard.com

Billy’s Winemaker Notes 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Vogelzang Vineyard, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara:

There is no better place in Santa Barbara County to capture the true essence of Sauvignon Blanc than Happy Canyon. The warm days and cool nights of Happy Canyon’s growing season enable the Sauvignon Blanc to reach levels of ripeness where the fruit displays tropical notes, while maintaining vital acidity. These conditions allow our winemaking regime to remain simple: gentle pressing, cold settling the juice, then a combination of cold tank fermentation and warm barrel fermentation. The wine is then cellared in one-to-three year old, 500-liter puncheons for an additional nine months before being lightly clay-fined and filtered prior to bottling. This 2014 shows off all the attributes of another perfect season in Happy Canyon: Acacia flower, lemon verbena, gooseberry, Crenshaw melon and lychee fruit— all entwined in a supple texture and just the right amount of acidity. I loved pairing this wine with some of my favorite seafood dishes such as crab cakes with jalapeño lime hollandaise, steamed mussels in a ginger-soy broth, and spicy California rolls. Drink now through 2020. PRODUCTION: 400 cases | RETAIL PRICE: $28 | COMPASS CLUB PRICE: $23.80

2013 Pajarito, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara:

Pajarito (meaning little bird in Spanish) is a special red blend from Happy Canyon. It is composed of 50% Merlot from Vogelzang Vineyard and 50% Petit Verdot from both the Happy Canyon and Vogelzang Vineyards. Notes of cherry and tobacco are derived from the Merlot, and some really exotic “grapey” extract is a result of the Petit Verdot. Both varietals spent 14 months alone in barrel before being blended. After blending, the wine aged for an additional eight months before bottling without any fining or filtration. This is a wine that keeps on giving pleasure day-in and dayout—plush, yet fruity, and supple on the palate. I suggest pairing it with anything barbecued: red or white meat and grilled vegetables. Drink now through 2022. PRODUCTION: 300 cases | RETAIL PRICE: $42 | COMPASS CLUB PRICE: $35.70

FOXEN Vineyard & Winery • 7600 Foxen Canyon Rd • Santa Maria, CA • 93454 • Tel. 805.937.4251 • foxenvineyard.com

FOXEN

V I N E YA R D & W I N E R Y

May 2016 Current Releases

FOXEN Retail Anchor (15%) Master (20%) Qty 2014 Chenin Blanc, Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard $25 $21.25 $20.00 _____ 2013 Chardonnay, Tinaquaic Vineyard $37 $31.45 $29.60 _____ 2014 Chardonnay, Block UU - Bien Nacido Vyd $32 $27.20 $25.60 _____ 2015 Rosé of Mourvèdre, Santa Ynez Valley $25 $21.25 $20.00 _____ 2014 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley $35 $29.75 $28.00 _____ 2013 Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills $38 $32.30 $30.40 _____ 2013 Pinot Noir, Julia’s Vineyard $64 $54.40 $51.20 _____ 2013 Pinot Noir, La Encantada Vineyard $62 $52.70 $49.60 _____ 2013 Pinot Noir, Melville Vineyard $64 $54.40 $51.20 _____ 2012 Pinot Noir, Solomon Hills Vineyard $58 $49.30 $46.40 _____ 2013 Pinot Noir, Block 8 - Bien Nacido Vineyard $62 $52.70 $49.60 _____ 2013 Cuvée Jeanne Marie, Williamson-Doré Vyd $40 $34.00 $32.00 _____ 2013 Syrah, Toasted Rope $44 $37.40 $35.20 _____ 2013 Syrah, Williamson-Doré Vineyard $46 $39.10 $36.80 _____ 2012 Syrah, Tinaquaic Vineyard $48 $40.80 $38.40 _____ 2013 Sweet Ending, Late Harvest Wine (375ml) $30 $25.50 $24.00 _____ foxen 7200 Retail Anchor (15%) Master (20%) Qty 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Vogelzang Vineyard** $28 $23.80 $22.40 _____ 2013 Pajarito, 50% Merlot/50% Petit Verdot** $42 $35.70 $33.60 _____ 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Grassini Family Vyd $44 $37.40 $35.20 _____ 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Star Lane Vineyard $50 $42.50 $40.00 _____ 2013 Sangiovese, Williamson-Doré Vyd $42 $35.70 $33.60 _____ 2013 Mission, Barbarena Vineyard (375ml) $30 $25.50 $24.00 _____ **included in shipment TOTAL: ______ ______ _____ TO PURCHASE WINES Order Online Today store.foxenvineyard.com Email [email protected] Fax | Phone 805-937-0415 | 805-937-4251 x107 Mail Katie Longoria c/o FOXEN Vineyard 7600 Foxen Canyon Rd Santa Maria, CA 93454

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