2011 Foxen "Ernesto Wickenden" Santa Maria Valley Chenin Blanc

SKU #1109096 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.  (11/2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

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.

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9