2015 Foxen "John Sebastiano Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1401285 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark There's an impressive array of aromas on the nose of this bottling, starting with light red cherry and pomegranate before intensifying into boysenberry jam with loads of star anise and dried ginger along the way. The mouthfeel is full, carrying boysenberry-jam flavors laced with sandalwood, myrrh and anise. (MK) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Slightly darker colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard (17 months in 40% new French oak) is a much bigger, richer Pinot Noir that offers lots of black cherry and blackberry fruits intermixed with spice, forest floor, and a distinct salty minerality. It too is juicy and racy on the palate, with high yet integrated acidity. It's a beautiful wine, yet like the Solomon Hills releases, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age. 92+ Inner quote mark (10/2018)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard is a powerful, explosive wine endowed with considerable richness. Layers of fruit fill out the wine's vertical frame effortlessly. There is tremendous depth to the blue/purplish fruit. It will be interesting to see if greater nuance develops over time. Today, the JSV Pinot is a bit one-dimensional, although it is undeniably hugely appealing. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "100% Pinot Noir Grapes from the John Sebastiano Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Using a combination of Dijon 115, Dijon 667 and Swan clones. Soils are shallow loam with limestone. In the winery berries are destemmed into small, open top fermenters followed by a 3-5 day cold maceration. Fermentation is active for 10-14 days. Aged for 17 months in 36% new Francois Freres & Treuil barrels that are medium + toast with toasted heads. No fining or filtration."

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