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FOXEN Newsletter

Dear Members,

October 2016

While our 2016 harvest began in the second week of August, it was thankfully not quite as early as last year. As I write this, we are feeling very thankful for the mild and uneventful weather conditions from August through most of September, which has allowed Billy an almost leisurely pace to our picking decisions. Our pinot harvest began at our Block 8 at Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley and will finish up in the Sta. Rita Hills with our blocks at La Encantada Vineyard. And so far our yields have been nearly perfect (thanks to average rainfall totals earlier in the year), and the quality of the fruit has been excellent. I’m happy to say that 2016 is shaping up to be an outstanding vintage! Once again, it was another busy year for Jenny, Kaitlin and me as we traversed from one coast to another. And October will be another active travel month as Jenny will be in Florida the first half of this month, and we will be in Texas together for the annual Beef Steak Alzheimer’s benefit in Ft. Worth on the 15th. And in November Jenny and Kaitlin will finish off their year in San Francisco at Farallon’s PinotFest, while I’ll be island hopping for our distributor trade tastings in Hawaii. Last month Jenny began pulling wines from the wine library in preparation for our 2017 Rhône River Cruise, July 16-23 on Uniworld (see enclosed brochure). During the cruise, we’ve decided that we will feature a couple of special vertical tastings--Block 43-Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinots and our Tinaquaic Vineyard Syrahs from our most highly acclaimed vintages. In addition, there will be some library wine surprises as we begin the cruise in Avignon and end in Lyon. For more information and registration, go to or call (800) 367-5348. In the immediate future, we are excited about next month’s optional Anchor and M&C Club “94+ Point Trio”, featuring the last of our favorites pinots from the highly-acclaimed 2013 vintage--Fe Ciega, John Sebastiano and Block 8-Bien Nacido Vineyards. In order to plan for this, we stored away just enough bottles to make up this special shipment, before they were entirely sold out. Please call the tasting room at (805) 937-4251 or email our club manager, Katie Longoria, at [email protected] to “opt in” for this November shipment by Sunday, October 23rd. This is a great opportunity to stock up on our favorite 2013 Pinots for the holidays. Supplies are limited, so don’t miss out. And finally, the initial 2014 Pinot Noir reviews are in and they are outstanding. Robert Parker Jr, Wine Advocate’s Jeb Dunnuck’s reviewed our 2014 Pinots, giving our entire line up 90-95 points, with our 2014 Pinot Noir Block 43-Bien Nacido Vineyard (will be in your December shipment) garnering a whopping 95 points! Our 2013 Range 30 West (in this shipment) received 91 points, noting it as a “rich, ripe and forward”. Stay tuned for more reviews! Cheers! Dick Doré

October 2016 Payment Detail Anchor Club Members: $157.79 (including your 15% discount, CA state tax, and CA shipping) Master & Commander Club Members: $554.26 (including your 20% discount, CA state tax, and CA shipping) Your state tax and/or shipping rate may be different depending on your location. Pick-up members are not charged a shipping fee.

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

Calendar of Events

October 2016

November 12th - Vino de Sueños - Santa Ynez Vallley Marriott

Vino de Sueños, “Wine of Dreams,” is a wine brand conceived by the non-profit human services organization, Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People (PHP) and a small group of premium Santa Barbara County vintners. This group wanted to make a difference in the lives of vineyard and farm workers who are the very heart and soul of the county’s agricultural economy and, more specifically, the vineyard and wine businesses. Founding participant wineries of Vino de Suenos include Alma Rosa, Buttonwood, Foxen, and Longoria. General admission is $50 go to: to purchase tickets.

November 19th- PinotFest at Farallon - San Francisco, CA

Join Jenny and Kaitlin at PinotFest at the Farallon. San Francisco’s original, all-pinot noir bacchanalia returns to Farallon for its 18th glorious year! The extensive tasting of pinot noir from 60 of Oregon and California’s best producers features sumptuous hors d’oeuvres to complement the wines and an opportunity to meet the winemakers. Tickets are $125 per person. Go to: to purchase tickets.

December 10th and 11th - Christmas on the Trail - Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, CA

Come celebrate the holiday season with FOXEN and other participating wineries! This is sure to be an exciting weekend with great wine and food. Your $45 Passport allows you to enjoy 20 one ounce pours from 13 participating wineries on the famous Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. On Saturday, each winery will provide delicious small bites for you to enjoy. Your ticket also gets you a commemorative GoVino glass and special gift. Each winery will also offer special wine deals for Passport holders. Participating wineries include: Andrew Murray, Cambria, Cottonwood Canyon, Fess Parker, Firestone, FOXEN, Kenneth Volk, Koehler, Martian Ranch, Riverbench, Rancho Sisquoc, Tres Hermanas, and Zaca Mesa. For tickets, go to:

Optional November 90+ Pinot Noir Shipment For our 2016 November 90+ Club Shipment this year, we have selected three 94+ rated, single vineyard Pinot Noirs from the 2013 vintage. We have reserved all the 2013 Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega Vineyard and the rest of our 2013 Pinot Noir, John Sebastiano Vineyard for this special opt-in shipment. Opting in to this shipment may be your last and only chance to receive these wines. Please note this is an extra shipment that will be processed October 26, to be shipped November 7, and will be in addition to our regularly scheduled four shipments in March, June, October and December.

2013 Pinot Noir Block 8 - Bien Nacido Vineyard

2013 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard

2013 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard

95 Points - Tasting Panel 94 Points - Wine Enthusiast 93 Points -Connoisseurs’ Guide to CA Wine 93 Points - Vinous 92 Points - Burghound

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast 93+ Points - Wine Advocate 93 Points - Burghound 92 Points - Vinous

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast 93 Points - Tasting Panel 93 Points - Wine Advocate 91 Points -Connoisseurs’ Guide to CA Wine 91 Points - Burghound

To opt in for the November Club Shipment please email our wine club team at [email protected] or call (805) 937-4251 ext 107 FOXEN Vineyard & Winery • 7600 Foxen Canyon Rd • Santa Maria, CA • 93454 • Tel. 805.937.4251 •

Billy’s Winemaker Notes

October 2016

2013 Pinot Noir, Solomon Hills Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley: Solomon Hills Vineyard is located on the western edge of the Santa Maria Valley AVA, and our Block 50 is situated on a gentle, southwest-facing slope. Our 2013 vintage is comprised of the Dijon Clones 115 and 667, and Pommard. The wine was aged for 16+ months in medium-plus toast, french oak barrels--of which 30% were new. What truly makes this Pinot Noir unique is the sandy soil on which the vines grow--resulting in Pinot Noir with distinctive, delicate saline and mineral qualities. Pretty aromas of red summer fruit, and delicate notes of cinnamon and clove greet you up front, and the pallet is soft and velvety. This pinot’s nuanced salinity make it a perfect pairing with seafood--particularly salmon and ahi. Although this wine is very tasty now, it will continue to improve and age nicely over the next 5-7 years. • 94 Points - Wine Advocate • 92 Points - Burghound • Production: 500 cases • Retail: $58.00

2014 Syrah, Toasted Rope, Santa Ynez Valley: This is always a challenging, yet fun project during harvest--monitoring the development

of two different grapes that will become one wine on the crush pad! Cofermentation is a challenge, but has its rewards. Our 2014 Toasted Rope is 82% Syrah and 18% Viognier from Vogelzang Vineyard in Happy Canyon. We dumped the Syrah grapes into the de-stemmer while metering in the Viognier grapes every so often, to get an even mixing. The grapes co-fermented in an open-top tank, punched down 2-3 times daily, then de-juiced and pressed off when dry like any other red wine. This Toasted Rope aged 16+ months in Hungarian oak 500-liter puncheons-of which 50% were new. The Viognier brings a lift to the spicy violet aromatics, while the Syrah brings a firm complexity of plum, berries, black pepper and sage--all the while it is velvety and voluptuous on the finish. I found this Syrah feminine for a Syrah—in a very good way. The Toasted Rope holds up well to medium-spiced Mexican-style cuisine, and is a no-brainer pairing with a barbecued lamb chops and grilled fall vegetables. It should age well over the next 8-9 years. • 90-92 Points Wine Advocate • 91 Points - California Grapevine • 90 Points - Wine Spectator • Production: 420 cases • Retail: $44

2013 Range 30 West, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara: This foxen 7200 Bordeaux-style blend is comprised of 52% Merlot from Vogelzang Vineyard and 48% Cabernet Franc from Star Lane and Vogelzang Vineyards in the heart of

Happy Canyon. The wine was aged in French oak barrels (70% new) for a total of 22 months, with the final blend put together in the winter of 2015. The resulting wine is a savory and rich blend: think red velvet cake/dusty cocoa/plumcake aromas that are very inviting. On the palette there is a mouthful of red currant, cherry and chocolate, with subtle notes of pencil lead, green peppercorns and tobacco--that are all enveloped in smooth tannins. Enjoy this wine with a savory meatloaf with mashed potatoes and a red wine reduction sauce, or a nice fall beef stew. I found it delicious now, but you will be rewarded by laying some down for another 7-8 years.• 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast • 91 Points - Wine Advocate • Production: 400 cases • Retail: $44

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


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

October 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 _____ 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 _____ 2013 Pinot Noir, Solomon Hills Vineyard ** $58 $49.30 $46.40 _____ 2013 Pinot Noir, Block 8 - Bien Nacido Vineyard $62 $52.70 $49.60 _____ 2013 Pinot Noir, Block 43 - bien Nacido Vineyard $58 $49.30 $46.40 2013 Cuvée Jeanne Marie, Williamson-Doré Vyd $40 $34.00 $32.00 _____ 2014 Syrah, Toasted Rope ** $44 $37.40 $35.20 _____ 2013 Syrah, Williamson-Doré Vineyard $46 $39.10 $36.80 _____ 2013 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 Guillermo Grosso, Santa ynez Valley $34 $28.90 $27.20 _____ 2013 Range 30 West, Happy Canyon of SB** $44 $35.70 $33.60 _____ 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mamére Vyd $100 $85.00 $80.00 _____ 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Star Lane Vineyard $50 $42.50 $40.00 _____ 2013 Cabernet Franc, Tinaquaic Vineyard $48 $40.80 $38.40 _____ 2013 Sangiovese, Williamson-Doré Vyd $42 $35.70 $33.60 _____ 2013 Mission, Barbarena Vineyard (375ml) $30 $25.50 $24.00 _____ **included in shipment and exclusive for members for 30 days or while supplies last** TOTAL: ______ ______ _____ TO PURCHASE WINES Order Online Today 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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