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FOXEN Newsletter

April 2019

Dear Members, As you probably know, we experienced one of the wettest winters in recent memory. And as a result, our hillsides are the most beautiful shade of emerald green right now, and we are seeing the beginnings of one of most spectacular wildflower shows in many years. In addition, this year’s drenching rains helped to leech our vineyard soils of built-up salts and to delay bud-break—giving our vineyards an outstanding start to the growing season. Keeping our fingers crossed for a great vintage! Jenny and I will kick off our travel this month with dinners at the beautiful Carmel Valley Ranch on April 3 and at Ember in Arroyo Grande on April 29. Next month mark your calendars for the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival on May 4. Go to for more information and tickets. In addition, on May 14, we will host a dinner at Bacchus Bar & Bistro in Irvine. Looking forward, Jenny, Kaitlin and I have already confirmed a number of additional dinners and tastings around the country. Check our Calendar of Events on our website, or our Facebook page for more information. And speaking of special events…our SECOND SUNDAYS at FOXEN returned in February to rave reviews! This month, on April 14, Fire & Wine will return to serve up tasty wood-fired pizzas and music will be provided by “About Time Duo.” So, mark your calendars for our SECOND SUNDAY—this month and throughout the summer. It’s a great way to celebrate spring and summer with us— April 2019 Payment Detail enjoying FOXEN wine, eating great food and listening to fun music! Compass Club Shipping Members: I hope to see you at the winery, or at one of our events around the country!

Cheers! Dick Doré

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Calendar of Events

April 2019

April 14th - FOXEN Second Sunday - FOXEN Tasting Room Santa Maria, CA

This FOXEN Second Sunday will feature live music by About Time Duo, and Fire & Wine will be onsite with delicious food available for purchase. For more information contact our Events Coordinator Micaela at [email protected]

April 29th - Ember Dinner - Ember Restaurant Arroyo Grande, CA

Owner & Chef Brian Collins will create a spectacular 4-course meal for our inaugural winemaker dinner at Ember Restaurant. Called one of America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants by Wine Enthusiast in 2015, we think their sustainable and fun approach to food will make this event one for the books. Dick and Jenny will be hosting and all FOXEN and foxen 7200 wines will be hand-selected by our winemakers Billy and David. This is an event you do not want to miss but seating is limited. Tickets are only available through Eventbright and are non-refundable. Each ticket is $120 and includes tax and gratuity. To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite. com/e/foxen-at-ember-tickets-57729987948?aff=website

May 4th - Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Grand Tasting - Rancho Sisquoc Winery Santa Maria, CA

Mark your calendars for the 37th Anniversary of Santa Barbara Wine Country’s Vintners Festival on Saturday, May 4th, from 1-4pm at the beautiful Rancho Sisquoc Winery in the Santa Maria Valley. Enjoy new release wines from over 70 participating member wineries, food sampling from more than twenty food purveyors, live music, wine and culinary demonstrations, local artisans, participation in the silent auction, and The Bubble Lounge. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

June 22nd & 23rd - Summer Sipping – Foxen Canyon Wine Trail Los Olivos - Santa Maria, CA

Spend the weekend with 14 wineries along the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail! Your $45 Summer Sipping Passport is your ticket to 20, one-ounce pours of wine you can redeem all weekend. On Saturday, each winery will serve up treats like local chocolates, cheese and charcuterie. Come back Sunday for live music, food trucks, barrel tastings and more. Also included with your passport is a logo glass and special event keepsake. For more information or to purchase your passport, visit

October 20th - October 27th - FOXEN Douro River Wine Cruise Douro Valley, Portugal

FOXEN’s Never Say Never Cruise! Once again we have partnered with Food & Wine Trails for an 8-day river cruise exploring the region made famous by its Port wine - the Douro Valley. You’re invited to join Dick & Jenny for a wine cruise like no other aboard Queen Isabel operated by Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Sailing roundtrip from Porto, Portugal - together we will wind our way through the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO designated Douro Valley, visiting charming “quintas,” meeting the winemakers who operate them, and enjoying tastings of Port. You’ll appreciate that Uniworld includes complimentary shore tours, shipboard gratuities, unlimited wine, beer, spirits and so much more. Plus we’ll be pouring some of our best FOXEN wines during onboard receptions, seminars and hosted dinners arranged exclusively for our group. For complete details and pricing, visit or call 800-367-5348.

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

Winemaker Notes

April 2019

2017 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard - Block UU: This wine is a classic representation that showcases the Santa Maria Valley’s long and temperate growing season due to its ample maritime influence. Harvest began on September 9th and concluded October 4th. Each pick was meticulously timed to encompass ideal phenolic balance and fruit maturity. Yields were on target at 2-3 tons per acre. Each of the four picks were night-harvested, gently whole cluster pressed and then cold-settled for 72 hours. The juice was gravity-fed into barrel, following a two-week lag phase where indigenous fermentation began. This is an elegant Chardonnay that displays fresh, bright aromatics of lime peel, guava, beeswax and lemon zest backed by hints of honeysuckle and jasmine. Flavors of key lime pie coat the palate with a hint of hazelnut, and its minerality is nicely balanced with soft acidity. I thoroughly enjoyed it paired with salmon carpaccio drizzled with avocado oil and sprinkled with capers. I also recommend trying it with a coconut chicken curry topped with chopped almonds. So far, my personal favorite pairing was a giant hunk of Humbolt Fog cheese. Enjoy now until 2025. Production: 1500 cases • Retail: $34| Compass Club price: $28.90 92 Point - Wine Enthusiast

2016 Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

This is Foxen’s flagship Pinot Noir, which we have made since the mid-eighties. This wine is comprised of high elevation sites at the Bien Nacido Vineyard above the Santa Maria Bench (colluvial soils), and lower elevation sites on the south side of the Sisquoc River at Riverbench Vineyard (alluvial soils). In 2016, we harvested Bien Nacido Vineyard over the course of two weeks in August, and then moved downhill and across the river to Riverbench Vineyard and continued picking from August 24 to September 5. The wine is comprised of five clones of Pinot Noir (primarily Pommard and Dijon clones.) The various barrel lots were racked and blended in the winter of 2017, then bottled without fining or filtration that August. The finished wine has all the telltale aromas and flavors of a Santa Maria Pinot Noir: loamy earth, cola, rhubarb and cherry from Riverbench’s alluvial soil; and clove, cinnamon, strawberry, raspberry and firmer tannins from Bien Nacido Vineyard’s colluvial soil. Our 2016 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir flavors remind me of strawberry- rhubarb and cherry pie! Enjoy with simple grilled or roasted poultry or salmon with a nice salad. Drink now through 2024. Production: 3800 cases | Retail Price: $36 | Compass Club price: $30.60 91 Point - Wine Enthusiast 90 Points - California Grapevine

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April 2019 Current Releases Retail

QTY 2016 CHENIN BLANC, Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard 2016 CHARDONNAY, Block UU - Bien Nacido Vineyard 2017 CHARDONNAY, Tinaquaic Vineyard 2016 CHARDONNAY, Block UU - Bien Nacido Vineyard** 2016 PINOT NOIR, Santa Maria Valley** 2014 PINOT NOIR, Sta. Rita Hills 2014 PINOT NOIR, La Encantada Vineyard 2015 PINOT NOIR, Julia’s Vineyard 2015 PINOT NOIR, Block 8 - Bien Nacido Vineyard 2015 PINOT NOIR, Riverbench Vineyard 2015 PINOT NOIR, Solomon Hills Vineyard 2015 PINOT NOIR, Fe Ciega Vineyard 2015 SYRAH, Williamson-Doré Vineyard 2014 SYRAH, Tinaquaic Vineyard 2013 SWEET ENDING, Late Harvest (375mL bottles)

$26.00 $34.00 $43.00 $34.00 $36.00 $38.00 $62.00 $66.00 $64.00 $52.00 $62.00 $70.00 $48.00 $48.00 $30.00 Retail

QTY 2017 SAUVIGNON BLANC, Vogelzang Vineyard 2014 PAJARITO, Vogelzang Vineyard 2014 LOS POTREROS, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara 2016 MERLOT, Vogelzang Vineyard 2015 VOLPINO, Santa Ynez Valley 2014 SANGIOVESE, Williamson-Doré Vineyard 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, Vogelzang Vineyard 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, Mamére Vineyard 2014 MISSION, Barberena Vineyard (375mL bottles)

$28.00 $44.00 $72.00 $44.00 $35.00 $44.00 $56.00 $100.00 $30.00

Compass (15%) $22.10 $28.90 $36.55 $28.90 $30.60 $32.30 $52.70 $56.10 $54.40 $44.20 $52.70 $59.50 $40.80 $40.80 $25.50 Compass (15%) $23.80 $37.40 $61.20 $37.40 $29.75 $37.40 $47.60 $85.00 $25.50

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