2011 Foxen "Ernesto Wickenden" Santa Maria Valley Chenin Blanc
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(sourced from vines that are reportedly around 43 years old): Bright gold. Pungent, musky aromas of peach pit, melon, ginger and quinine. Dry and slightly hard-edged, with bitter lemon, apple and ginger flavors displaying good vivacity. The dusty finish leaves a warm, spicy note behind.
Foxen consistently makes one of the best Chenin Blancs in California, and sells it at a fair price. This is a very nice wine, dry and crisp, with green apple, honey and citrus flavors, and a savory hint of green.
If you love Chenin Blanc, you won't want to miss this single-vineyard, small production offering from Foxen. Quoting Wine Enthusiast, this is "always one of the best Chenin Blancs in California." The old vine fruit, (1966) still planted on its own roots, is fermented in half stainless and half French oak barrels (one-third new) and aged for 8-9 months on its lees in neutral oak. It exhibits elegance and restraint, with alcohol and oak kept smartly in check, letting the Chenin's chrystalline fruit, bright acidity, and beaming minerality take center stage. Only 950 cases produced.