2010 Foxen Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard

Year: 2010
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 93
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"Tight, firm and tannic, with rich loamy earth notes and mineral, dried berry and sage flavors. The blueberry and wild berry fruit underneath should shine with a little time. Best from 2013 through 2023. 600 cases made. " (WS)

"The 2010 Pinot Noir Julia’s Vineyard is an attractive, mid-weight Pinot bursting with energy and sheer class. Dark red cherries, mint and spices are some of the notes that emerge as the Julia’s shows off its pedigree and pure class. There is good juiciness and inner perfume, but this remains a finessed style of Pinot built on length and minerality. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.

I always look forward to tasting the Foxen wines, as they are loaded with class and personality across the board. The Chardonnays and the Pinots are the highlights among this set of new releases, while the 2010 Syrahs can’t quite match the superb 2009s. The 2010 Pinots in particular are well worth the effort of tracking down. Like all of the Foxen reds, they see minimal racking and are bottled without fining or filtration." (WA)

"Bright ruby-red. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark berries, incense and floral oils, with vanilla and cola accents. Lush and seamless on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors nicely braced by juicy acidity. Finishes silky and long, with gentle tannic grip and impressive vivacity." (IWC)

"This is classic Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, with its dark color, full body, ripe berry and currant flavors and, especially, the array of exotic crushed brown spices. New French oak brings lots of smoky, buttery, toasty richness. Great to drink now with tuna, salmon, lamb and beef dishes." (WE)