"Showing the darker style of Pinot Noir, the 2013 Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard offers lots underbrush, crushed rocks, licorice and darker Pinot Noir fruit to go with a medium+-bodied, rich, structured and elegant profile on the palate. Completely destemmed and aged in 40% new French oak, it needs a year or two of cellaring and will keep through 2025." –August 2015
"The 2013 Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard is wonderfully nuanced and pliant in the glass. Sweet red cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and mint are some of the notes that meld together. Supple and juicy throughout, the 2013 is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years, while the wine retains its racy, forward personality."
–June 2015, Antonio Galloni
"A notably ripe nose features notes of cassis, spice, black cherry, menthol and sandalwood nuances. There is good richness and solid muscle on the round but concentrated middle weight plus flavors that coat the mouth with dry extract on the solidly persistent finish. This is a powerful and slightly rustic effort that lacks a bit of refinement relative to most of the rest of the range. To be sure this is quite good but it will appeal most to those who enjoy robust pinots" –Jan 2016
Julia’s Vineyard is located in the heart of the Santa Maria Bench and is one of the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in Santa Barbara Valley. Foxen has been sourcing a small amount of Pommard Clone fruit from this vineyard since 1996.
Hand-picked berries are destemmed and put into small, open-top fermenters. Wine undergoes a 10 day active fermentation with punchdowns 2 times daily. The wine ages in 100% French oak (40% new) for 17 months. The wine is bottled without fining or filtering.