2010 Foxen "Tinaquaic Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Previously $35)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Syrah Tinaquaic Vineyard is a touch more complete than the Williamson-Dore. Sweet, silky tannins support a core of dark red fruit, tobacco, smoke and licorice. Texturally, the Tinaquaic is quite pretty, but here, too, something is missing in the definition of the aromas and flavors. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018....I always look forward to tasting the Foxen wines, as they are loaded with class and personality across the board.
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)