"Fresh and tart wild cherry and crushed cranberry meet with intriguing touches of fennel frond, mustard, rose hips, potpourri and tons of garrigue on the nose of this bottling. The palate packs vibrancy into each sip, redolent with flavors of tomato leaf, cherry tomato, kalamata olive, underripe raspberry, anise, bay leaf and even earthy mugwort. It conveys an extreme sense of place." –Dec-16
"Spicy and complex, with lots of sour cherries, dried underbrush and crushed flowers, the 2014 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard (aged 17 months in 50% new French oak) is medium-bodied, silky and polished on the palate. It has fine tannin and a clean, classy, balanced style that's already hard to resist. Nevertheless, it will evolve for 5-7 years."
This wine is sourced from the steep hillsides of John Sebastiano Vineyard. Most of the 150-acre vineyard is in the Santa Rita Hills AVA, which is renowned for its Pinot Noir. The Santa Rita Hills region enjoys a very cool and windy marine-influenced climate, as it is bordered on three sides by the Pacific Ocean. Foxen's John Sebastiano Pinot Noir can be considered their "entry-level" single-vineyard Pinot, but its dusty tannins, bright fruit and incredible minerality suggest a wine that outperforms its price point and has many years ahead of it. Fruit is whole berry destemmed into small, open-top fermenters. It undergoes a 10-14 day fermentation with punch-downs twice daily followed by 17 months in 100% French oak barrels (33% new). Bottled without fining or filtration.