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Foxen Vineyard & Winery, 2014 Foxen Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard - Block UU

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"Foxen's 2014 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block UU is one of the quirkiest California Chardonnays readers will come across. The plant material here is Chardonnay grafted onto own-rooted Riesling rootstock that was originally planted in the early 1970s. Oddly enough, this wine often shows distinctly tropical, Riesling-inflected notes, as it does again in 2014. White peach, ash, slate, pear and crushed rocks show superb energy allied to power in a Chardonnay with searing intensity, fabulous balance and tons of personality."
–Aug 2015
Wine Advocate
Foxen Vineyard & Winery, 2014 Foxen Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard - Block UU

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"The lemon, floral, citrus and crushed mint-scented 2014 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Block Uu has a touch of buttery richness in its medium-bodied, juicy, lively and nicely balanced style. Barrel-fermented and aged (10% new), itÄôs an outstanding Chardonnay to drink over the coming 4-5 years."
–Aug-16

Foxen Vineyard & Winery, 2014 Foxen Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard - Block UU

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2014 Foxen Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard - Block UU
Foxen Vineyard & Winery

Originally planted in 1973 with Clone 4 on its own roots, Block UU at the eastern edge of the Bien Nacido Vineyard was inter-planted in 1991 with the same Clone 4 Chardonnay. Hand-harvested grapes are gently whole-cluster pressed and fermented 100% in barrel, after which time the wine rests on its lees for 8 months. Malolactic fermentation is discouraged to help this wine retain its natural bright acidity.

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