Foxen Bien Nacido Block UU Chardonnay 2016 - The Grape Tray

Foxen Bien Nacido Block UU Chardonnay 2016

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Foxen Bien Nacido Block UU Chardonnay 2016

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Winemaker Notes :

Foxen's Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block UU is one of the quirkiest California Chardonnays you 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. 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.

Category White Wine
Varietal
Region California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley
Brand Foxen
Alcohol/vol 13.4%
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Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block Uu offers up notes of citrus pith, lime, buttered apples and grapefruit, followed by a medium-bodied, glossy palate underpinned by bright, mouthwatering acids. It has a nice sense of completeness and finishes quite long. It's also quite keenly priced.

William Kelley, April 27, 2018
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Wine EnthusiastSea salt, preserved lemons, pan-seared apples, plumeria and honeysuckle show on the engaging nose of this bottling from a preferred block in this historic vineyard. The palate plays to the savory side of Chardonnay, offering an oily texture that carries flavors of cashew and marmalade.

Matt Kettmann, June 1, 2018
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Wine SpectatorShows savory and celery root notes to the baked apple and green pear flavors. The spicy finish is long and rich. Drink now. 1,450 cases made.

Kim Marcus, June 30, 2018