2012 Foxen "John Sebastiano Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (1.5L)

SKU #1183459 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A powerful, brooding nose of black cardamom and crushed clove melds with pomegranate and cherry, resulting in an incredibly aromatic wine that hails from a popular vineyard on the eastern edge of the appellation. The flavors are also quite deep--sour cherry, mocha, more clove--atop layers of bitter plum peels and refreshing acid. Inner quote mark (2/2015)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2012 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard is one of the more intense, explosive wines in the Foxen range. Dark red and black stone fruits, cloves, menthol, tar and licorice blossom as this large-scaled, voluptuous Pinot shows off its personality. The finish is rich, broad and creamy. This lineup from Foxen is easily among the most impressive I have tasted this year. The wines move from strength to strength, always with exceptional purity, tons of transparency to site and impeccable class. The only problem here is one of mind-boggling choice, as the range is full of highlights. Simply put, I can't recommend these wines highly enough. Inner quote mark (7/2014)

Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Lacking the integration and class of the other Pinot Noirs, the 2012 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills has a ripe, lifted bouquet of plum, violets and green herbs to go with a medium-bodied, bright and focused style. There’s solid ripeness here, and it’s certainly a very good wine, yet it never really comes together, so I’d lean toward drinking over the coming 3-4 years. I was blown away by these new Pinot Noir releases from Foxen, and they’re up near the top of the vintage. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same with regards to the Rhone blends, and these had superficial, mid-weight profiles geared for near-term drinking. As to the Bordeaux blends, these come from the eastern most AVA in Santa Barbara County and are labeled under the Foxen 7200 label. Inner quote mark (8/2014)

Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Firmly tannic, with a tight grip around the vivid red and dark berry fruit, showing touches of anise and spice. Ends on a cedary note. Drink now through 2022. 1,500 cases made. Inner quote mark (9/2014)

K&L Notes

This comes from three blocks of the John Sebastiano Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. Whole berry destemmed, aged 17 months in 100% French oak.

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