Foxen makes one of the best Chenin Blancs produced in California! Try this small production gem while its available. Ideal with grilled seafood.
93 Points Wine Enthusiast: "Foxen Vineyards winemaker Bill Wathan loves making this wine, which is the best Chenin Blanc in California. Made from 40-year old vines, barrel fermented, bone dry and aged in older French oak, it will change your mind about this variety. Long in lemongrass, kiwi and licorice flavors, with bracing acidity, it has a rich, creamy mouthfeel, great complexity, and a long, interesting Finish." (Editors Choice)
Rare white viognier from cult Napa producer Araujo. Limited.
Viognier was planted for blending with our Sauvignon Blanc, and is also used to co-ferment with our Syrah. An unreliable bearer, Viognier in some years provides us with enough crop to bottle on its own, producing a profoundly aromatic and seductive wine redolent of honey, apricots, orange blossoms and spice.
A fantastic white blend from one of our favorite Santa Barbara area wineries.
Robert Parker: "Also solid, the value-priced 2011 Le Bec Blanc is a blend of 42% Marsanne, 33% Roussanne, 19% Grenache Blanc and 6% Viognier that was aged 11 months (which is longer than previous vintages) in one- to seven-year-old French oak barrels. Offering up ripe peach, dried pineapple, flower oil and honeysuckle, it is a rich, full-flavored effort that stays lively and clean on the palate. A perfect mid-week workhorse, it should be consumed over the coming year or three. Drink now-2015...This was a great tasting with Steve Beckmen and assistant winemaker Michael Sigouin. These wines never lack for fruit or texture, yet show beautiful poise and length, especially in these cooler vintages."
A deliciously crisp rose from Belle Glos, a perfect California version that will transport you to summer in the South of France.
To capture this shade along with the wine's crisp acidity and bold berry flavors, they lightly press the fresh Pinot Noir juice from the whole clusters, then allow it a brief love affair with spicy French oak barrels during and after fermentation. Oeil-de-perdrix--French for "eye of the partridge"--is a traditional term for this wine's seductive, jewel-like color. Enjoy it well chilled with raw or grilled seafood, or on its own as a warm-weather refresher.
Tasting notes: Vibrant rose-salmon color. Pronounced aromas of ripe strawberry and green apple are supported by an undertone of light oak. The flavors are lively with cranberry and citrus zest notes. The full, lush mouthfeel is balanced by a brisk acidity and mineral elements, leading to a long-lasting finish..