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2010 Foxen "Sea Smoke Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1109403 96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This is the most expensive Pinot Noir Foxen has ever made, and guess what? It's also the winery's best. It bears rich flavors, offering tiers of smoky cherries, red currants, licorice candies, vanilla, sandalwood and spices. What's harder to describe is the sheer beauty of the texture and balance. Containing the explosive richness of a wine like this is a challenge, but winemaker Bill Wathan has managed to bring elegance to its power. The wine is high in alcohol, and it's not advisable to age it beyond 3 or 4 years, but it is incredibly delicious. Inner quote mark (11/2012)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark One of the unquestioned highlights among these new releases, the 2010 Pinot Noir Sea Smoke Vineyard is beautifully layered from start to finish. Rich dark cherries, smoke, mocha, savory herbs and spices come to life in this multi-dimensional, stunning Pinot. There is a level of depth in the Sea Smoke that is flat-out breathtaking. The integration of fruit and oak is superb. I always look forward to tasting the Foxen wines, as they are loaded with class and personality across the board. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Raspberry preserves and cherry-cola on the highly perfumed nose. Offers an array of deep, sappy red and dark berry flavors that pick up spice and floral pastille qualities with air. Tannins come on late and fold smoothly into this wine's plush fruit. A rich yet lively Pinot with impressive finishing punch and clarity. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offers richness, depth, purity and focus, with depth and a range of flavors built around dark berry fruit. The most complete of the new Foxens. (JL) Inner quote mark (9/2012)


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