"Foxen's 2013 Cuvée Jeanne Marie Williamson-Doré Vineyard, a Grenache/Syrah blend is open, pliant and, not surprisingly, quite a bit more expressive than the Syrahs. Sweet red cherry, kirsch, hard candy and wild flowers abound in a wine that should drink well pretty much upon release." –Aug 2015
"A Grenache-dominated blend that includes 24% Mourvedre and spent 22 months in 30% new large-format French and Hungarian oak puncheons, the 2013 Cuvee Jeanne Marie Williamson Dore Vineyard is fresh and focused, with medium to full-bodied aromas and flavors of black raspberries, licorice, tar, pepper spice and crushed flowers. Sweetly fruity, with good ripeness and notable tannin, it has outstanding potential and is an excellent example of Grenache from California."
The Williamson-Dore vineyard, planted in 1999, sits on the eastern realm of the Santa Ynez Valley, close to the entrance to Happy Canyon. The site is gently sloped to the south, with great sun exposure, and the soil is shallow, devigorating the vines and thus concentrating the fruit. Varietals grown include Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Sangiovese.