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Foxen John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

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750ML / 13.7% ABV
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750ML / 13.7% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Swan clone – 100% whole cluster in a small, open top fermenter; Other clones - whole-berry destemmed in to small, open-top fermenters as individual clonal lots.

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Plush aromas of dark cherry, iron and chaparral herbs carry the nose. The palate is full without being heavy, carrying flavors of ripe cranberry and cherry set against layers of anise, dried tarragon and thyme.
JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck
From the eastern side of the Sta. Rita Hills, the 2017 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard saw a touch of stems (25%) as well as 16 months in 54% new French oak. Lots of spice cherries, dried herbs, underbrush, and forest floor all emerge from the glass, and it's medium-bodied, with a rounded, supple texture, moderate acidity, and ripe tannins. It's a sexy, forward effort that has loads to love, although I don't think it will make old bones.
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Foxen Vineyard, California
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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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A superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.

The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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