2016 Foxen "Bien Nacido Vineyard - Block UU" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1378548 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Block UU comes from a great vineyard located just east of the town of Santa Maria and was brought up in 20% new French oak. A classic Bien Nacido bouquet of honeyed orchard fruits, crushed rocks, oyster shells, and white flowers flow to a rich, beautifully textured, concentrated Chardonnay that has everything you could want from this variety. With terrific balance, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish, it's brilliant stuff that should evolve gracefully for 5-7 years.  (10/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Foxen's 2016 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Block UU is polished, nuanced and understated, with lovely white orchard fruit and floral character to match the wine's mid-weight personality. As always, this is an especially delicate, perfumed style of Chardonnay from Bien Nacido. (AG)  (9/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block UU offers up notes of citrus pith, lime, buttered apples and grapefruit, followed by a medium-bodied, glossy palate underpinned by bright, mouthwatering acids. It has a nice sense of completeness and finishes quite long. It's also quite keenly priced. (WK)  (4/2018)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Sea salt, preserved lemons, pan-seared apples, plumeria and honeysuckle show on the engaging nose of this bottling from a preferred block in this historic vineyard. The palate plays to the savory side of Chardonnay, offering an oily texture that carries flavors of cashew and marmalade. (MK)  (6/2018)

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2019 | Send Email
Bien Nacido is one of the iconic vineyards for California, and for good reason. When tasting in the central coast, I'm always drawn to wines with fruit from this vineyard, and Foxen has done a great job with their Chardonnay from the UU block. It's a classic California Chardonnay, meaning you will encounter oak, but it's done very well, and highlights the incredible fruit from UU, rather than overpowering it. Creamy and full of expressive orchard fruit, this is a great example of the unique power of Chardonnay grown in Bien Nacido.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2019 | Send Email
Fantastic Chardonnay from Bien Nacido is hard to describe, but this bottle of apple orchard and ocean spray notes is just another example of how good this vineyard can be. The folks at Foxen have enough vintages under their belt to know that letting the vineyard do the expressive work is the truest winemaking, and they let that show in this bottling. The subtle weight on the palette pushes the lemon bar from the back and the long finish opens up finally to the light, charcoally end that will be awesome with cranberry goat cheese or scallops.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2019 | Send Email
Another stunning bottling of UU Block from Foxen; this is consistently delicious every year. The 2016 is packed full of caramalized baked pears, preserved lemon, subtle oak tones, saline minerals and oyster shell. The wine has real volume and intensity without being heavy or creamy. Stunning length on the palate and the flavors repeat and re-emerge time and time again. I love this vineyard...thanks once again Bien Nacido!

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