2010 Foxen "Tinaquaic Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright gold. Tangerine, peach and honeydew on the nose. Less perfumed than the UU Block - Bien Nacido bottling, with musky herbal and spice overtones building with air. Silky pit fruit and melon flavors are brightened by orange pith and quinine notes, which add a touch of bitterness. Shows a bit of heat on the long, juicy, spicy finish.
A clean, flinty style, with refreshing citrus, green apple, spice and floral scents. Medium-bodied, ending with a refreshing aftertaste. Drink now. 560 cases made. (Web-2011)
The Tinaquaic Vineyard was planted in 1989. It is dry-farmed, which helps create very concentrated fruit. The wine itself is concentrated as well, and it retains a wonderful acidity and backbone that is lightly touched with some new oak (20%). (Clyde "Trey" Beffa III, K&L Domestic buyer)