2015 Foxen "Bien Nacido Vineyard - Block UU" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1303714 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block Uu reveals pleasant sulfide/struck match notes over a core of lemon curd, grapefruit and baking bread plus a waft of orange blossoms. Light to medium-bodied with a wicked backbone of racy acid, it delivers intense citrus and mineral layers with a nice perfumed lift to the finish. Drink now through 2023. (LPB)  (9/2017)

93 points Vinous

 A wild, exotic wine, the 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Block UU emerges from a parcel of Chardonnay that was regrafted onto Riesling roots. Tangerine, acacia, honey, apricot jam and sage infuse the oily, voluptuous Chardonnay from Foxen. The Block UU Chardonnay is always long on personality, as it is once again in 2015. (AG)  (9/2017)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2018 | Send Email
A fantastically complex, mineral intense Chardonnay from one of my absolute favorite vineyards in California, Bien Nacido. The "UU" block at Bien Nacido was once planted to Riesling. The vines are now "top grafted" over to Chardonnay (i.e. these old, deep roots once grew Riesling, the top of the vine was then removed and Chardonnay grafted onto the old existing root system). The resulting wine has pronounced saline, mineral, wet stone characters with golden stone fruit, citrus blossom, yeasty tones and flint. Layers of fruit intertwine with the complex soil driven elements revealing more and more complexity as the wine unfurls in the glass. A very intricate wine with so much intrigue and nuance. Exceptional pricing given the quality of the wine and pedigree of the site.
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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2018 | Send Email
This is an intriguing Foxen offering from a single block of the well known Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria. Spontaneous fermentation took place giving this Chardonnay interesting matchbox and tropical notes along with citrus pith, minerality and bright refreshing acidity. There is also a lovely creamy texture coming from 8 months aging on the less. A beautiful take on Chardonnay from a great site that shouldn't be missed!

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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.


- 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.
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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 (%): 13.4