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2015 Foxen "Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard-Old Vines" Santa Maria Valley Chenin Blanc (Previously $25)

SKU #1342537 90 points Vinous

 The 2015 Chenin Blanc Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard is rich, lush and forward, with quite a bit of old-vine intensity that gives the wine its shape and volume. Powerful and exquisitely beautiful as it opens up in the glass, the 2015 has a lot to say. The Ernest Wickenden Chenin remains one of the most distinctive whites being made in California today. Readers should expect an especially phenolic, savory style. (AG)  (9/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Pluot flesh, wet cement, crushed chalk and Asian pear show on the nose of this bottling that boasts aromas promising a crisp and textural experience. The palate does not disappoint, with clean, refreshing flavors of lemon rind and grapefruit pith, with a grippy mouthfeel. (MK)  (3/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chenin Blanc Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard has a nose of honey-drizzled pears and spiced apples with a touch of fresh hay. Medium-bodied with appealing freshness and fruit expression, it finishes on a honey-coated almond note. (LPB)  (9/2017)

Wine Spectator

 Crisp, with lemon-lime and Asian pear flavors. Shows sturdy acidity, floral details and a hint of orange zest on the finish. (MW, Web only-2017)

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.

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 (%): 13.9