Our Wines - Pinots

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Our Wines - Pinots

Our Pinots


If you don’t know our Pinots, you don’t know FOXEN. We have become renown for our incredible Pinot Noirs. Vintage after vintage receive the highest acclaim and awards.

2016 - Pinot Noir -

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$36 - Buy Now

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast

2015 - Pinot Noir -

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$36 - Sold Out

92 Points - Wine Advocate
"Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir is scented of violets, cinnamon stick and Ceylon tea over a core of red cherries and raspberries, plus a hint of dried Provence herbs. The light to medium-bodied palate offers up a fantastic intensity of perfumed red berries supported by soft, silky tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with a lovely herbal lift."

2014 - Pinot Noir -

Sta. Rita Hills

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$38 - Buy Now

91 Points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

"Black cherries, toasted spice, licorice and wild herbs all emerge from the balanced, gorgeously textured 2014 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills. And, it’s a smoking value that has both fruit and complexity. It will shine for 4-5 years."


91 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"Concentrated red cherries, dried purple flowers, fresh rose petals and a wet gravel minerality show on the nose of this bottling by Billy Wathen and Dick Dore. It's light in body and fairly delicate on the sip, with Earl Grey tea, stewed cranberry and rose-hip flavors."

90 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine

90 Points - California Grapevine

2015 - Pinot Noir - Julia's Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$66 - Buy Now

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast


94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Another of the more Burgundian-styled wines in the portfolio, the 2015 Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard reveals lovely aromas of clove, rose hip, red berry fruit and spicy new oak, followed by a medium-bodied, juicy palate with a sapid core of fruit framed by velvety tannins and an intense, lingering finish." - William Kelley


93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"One of the many highlights in this lineup from Foxen, the 2015 Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard captures all the best qualities of the year. Black cherry, plum, lavender and spice all flesh out in this decidedly seductive, beautifully resonant Pinot Noir."


92 Points - Burghound
"A spicy and more deeply pitched nose combines notes of dark cherry, plum and violets. There is good volume and richness to the round, velvet-textured and seductive medium weight flavors that possess fine depth and length on the moderately robust finale. While there is a trace of austerity, what impresses me here is that there is already very good depth, which isn't something that I typically find with Julia's when it's young. Worth checking out."


91 Points - JebDunnuck.com
"The 2015 Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard is another forward, sexy, straight up charming wine. It lacks the focus and definition of some of the other cuvées, yet has loads of strawberry and raspberry fruit, medium to full-bodied richness, a mouth filling texture and a good finish. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years."

2014 - Pinot Noir - La Encantada Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills

Product Sheet

$62 - Buy Now

94 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
"Ripe, juicy and elegant with bright acidity and lovely Burgundian style; fresh cherry and vanilla, long and lush, racy and lifted."


92 Points - Wine Advocate
"Possessing a beautiful, high toned nose of violets, blood orange, toasted spice and caramelized cherries, the 2014 Pinot Noir la Encantada Vineyard hits the palate with a silky, polished, elegant, finesse-oriented texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. Fresh and lively aromatically, yet with more richness and depth coming through on the palate, it's an impressive wine to enjoy over the following 7-8 years."


92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Bright raspberry and fresh-pressed bramble make for a nicely snappy nose that also conveys a touch of rust, graphite and earthiness. Tart cranberry and plum skin mesh into mineral tones of slate and pencil lead, all lifted by bay leaf and dried sage. It needs time to reach full potential."


90 Points - Burghound
"This is also somewhat aromatically restrained as it combines notes of dark cherry and plum with those of anise and slightly exotic Asian-style tea nuances. There is excellent richness to the velvety, round and supple medium-bodied flavors that possess a seductive mouth feel before concluding in a dusty, powerful and vibrant finish. This moderately structured effort isn't especially complex at present though the underlying material appears to ensure that more will almost certainly develop if allowed a few years of bottle age."

2015 - Pinot Noir Block 8 - Bien Nacido Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$64 - Buy Now

96 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"This block-designate wine shows flamboyant aromas of red cherry, cola, purple flowers and light caramel. The palate offers an amazingly cohesive and zesty experience, combining piquant cranberry and tart raspberry with slate-driven minerality and a persistent woody spice. The texture is soft, but lifted by strong acidity."

94 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"Racy, silky and beautifully nuanced, the Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Block 8 captures all the richness of the year while retaining terrific energy. The red berry and floral notes show quite a bit of nuance and silkiness in a Pinot that manages to be both powerful and refined. The aromatic, highly expressive finish adds to the wine's considerable beauty."

93 Points - Wine Advocate, W. Kelley
"The 2015 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 is quite Burgundian in profile, wafting from the glass with aromas of wild berries, grilled game bird, spice and rich soil. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, sappy and savory, with fine tannins and a penetrating, sapid finish. 800 cases were produced."


92 Points - JebDunnuck.com
"A big step up over the Santa Maria Valley release, the 2015 Pinot Noir Block 8 Bien Nacido offers a terrific bouquet of black cherries, saddle leather, spice-box and dried herbs. It's fresh, nicely concentrated and textured, with good acidity, and will benefit from short term cellaring."

91 Points - California Grapevine
"Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, fragrant, earthy, black cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with hints of baking spices and sandalwood; medium to medium-full body; rich, fleshy, red fruit flavors with good depth, bright acidity, and a silky mouthfeel; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows some elegance and very appealing to drink over the next year or two. Very highly recommended."


90 Points - Burghound
"A slightly riper nose features notes of both red and dark pinot fruit that are well laced with spice and similar lavender nuances. There is more volume and mid-palate density to the delicious, caressing yet vibrant medium-bodied flavors that deliver better depth and persistence in a moderately structured package that is presently just a bit youthfully austere."

2015 - Pinot Noir Block 43 - Bien Nacido Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$65 - Buy Now

94 Points - JebDunnuck.com
"One of the riper, richer wines in the lineup, the 2015 Pinot Noir Block 43 Bien Nacido offers beautiful notes of framboise, dried spices and earth, with full-bodied richness, a rounded, textured and mouth filling style and a great finish. In a vintage that yields mostly hard, austere wines, this offers fruit!"


93+ Points - Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown
"Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Block 43 Bien Nacido Vineyard is scented of cherry cordial and cranberry sauce with touches of stewed."


93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"The 2015 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Block 43 is absolutely striking. Large-scaled and ample in feel, the 2015 possesses remarkable richness in every dimension. "

92 Points - California Grapevine
"Medium-light to medium ruby color; very attractive, deep, fragrant, black cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with hints of clove and forest floor; medium to medium-full body; rich, textured, earthy, spicy, nicely balanced, red and dark berry fruit flavors with bright acidity and fleshy richness in the mouthfeel; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Appealing to taste now, though best to age for a few more years. Very highly recommended."


92 Points - Wine Enthusiast


91 Points - Wine Spectator
"Plush, offering a concentrated and complex mix of ripe plum, dark cherry and dried raspberry flavors that are supported by vibrant acidity. The zesty finish is loaded with spice, mineral and dried tarragon notes. Drink now through 2022."

2015 - Pinot Noir - John Sebastiano Vineyard

Santa Rita Hills

Product Sheet

$52 - Buy Now

95 Points - Wine Enthusuast


92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"The 2015 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard is a bold, direct wine with more of a savory character than the other Foxen Pinots. My impression is that the 2015 needs time to fully open up, as there is quite a bit of density and depth waiting to emerge. Even today, though, the John Sebastiano is compelling."


91 Points - Burghound
"There is a whiff of menthol to the attractively cool, pure and once again fresh and airy essence of red berry fruit and spice aromas. I like the sense of energy and detail to the appealingly textured medium weight flavors that possess a sleek mouth feel, all wrapped in a linear and focused bitter cherry pit-inflected finish which is also ever-so-slightly youthfully austere. This moderately firmly structured effort will also need a few years to flesh out but it should ultimately be lovely."


90 Points - JebDunnuck.com
"Reminding me of Premier Cru from the northern part of Burgundy with its darker cherry, saddle leather, and sappy floral aromas and flavors, the 2015 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard is medium-bodied, supple and seamless on the palate. It drops off too quickly on the finish, but it's still a beautiful wine. This site lies on the eastern edge of the Sta. Rita Hills, and the 2015 spent 17 months in 36% new French oak."


90 Points - Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown
"The 2015 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and nose of fresh raspberries and black cherries with hints of forest floor, dried Provence herbs and lavender. Light to medium-bodied with very refreshing, elegant red berry and herbal layers, it has a chewy backbone and earthy finish."

2015 - Pinot Noir - Solomon Hills Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$62 - Buy Now

96 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"The impressively plump and prominent strawberry and red-currant aromas are alluring on the nose, enhanced by touches of cinnamon and pepper dust. The palate combines savory pepper spice, red plums and berries, with a solidly simmering acidity shimmering through the entire sip."


92+ Points - Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown
"Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard gives a nose of kirsch, cranberry sauce and rhubarb pie with touches of baking spices and violets. The medium-bodied palate sports a great core of vibrant red fruits, supported by fine-grained tannins and appealing freshness, finishing with lingering spice hints."


92 Points - JebDunnuck.com
"I also loved the 2015 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard, and it's a broad, expansive red that shows the power and fruit-forward style of the vineyard. Kirsch, framboise, dried tea and spice aromas and flavors all emerge from this beauty, and it's already drinking nicely, yet will easily keep through 2025."


92 Points - California Grapevine

2014 - Pinot Noir - Solomon Hills Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$58 - Sold Out

93 Points - Wine Advocate
"Supple, pure, polished and loaded with fruit, the 2014 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard offers tons of strawberry, wild flowers, spice and hints of licorice in its fruit-forward, plump, mouth-filling style. Despite all of the fruit, it has bright acidity and stays clean, fresh and focused on the finish. I love this vineyard, and this 2014 was destemmed (all of the Pinots here are destemmed) and aged 17 months in 33% new French oak. Drink it anytime over the coming decade."

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"This bottling from a vineyard on the extreme west end of the appellation is dense and dark on the nose with concentrated black cherries, sandalwood, sweet anise, allspice and strong garrigue notes. Tart cranberries and crushed oregano, thyme and marjoram herbs show on the sip, which is brightened with zesty acidity. It leaves a menthol-like sensation in the mouth on the finish."

92 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine
"Lush and ripe with smooth texture and balanced flavors of cherry and plum; rich, balanced and long."

2015 - Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard

Santa Rita Hills

Product Sheet

$70 - Buy Now

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast


92 Points - JebDunnuck.com
"The 2015 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega Vineyard is reserved aromatically, yet offers solid notes of black raspberries, barnyard, spice and dusty earth. Medium-bodied, fresh and lively on the palate, with bright, yet integrated acidity. It's a beautiful wine I'd happily drink anytime over the coming 7-8 years."


92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
"A deep, luscious wine, the 2015 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega offers superb textural resonance and creaminess, with layers of dark-fleshed fruit that open up beautifully in the glass. This is a terrific example of the best 2015 has to offer. Supple and inviting, the 2015 Fe Ciega will drink well pretty much upon release."


91 Points - Burghound
"Here the equally cool and airy nose is almost a blend of the Block 43 and the Encantada as there are both upper and lower register aromas that remain mostly on the red side of the fruit spectrum along with ample spice elements. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the powerful yet caressing medium-bodied flavors that possess very good mid-palate density where the dry extract serves to buffer the moderate firm tannins shaping the complex, serious and youthfully austere finish. This is at once refined but built-to-age and I would recommend buying this only if you intend to cellar it as it's a bit taciturn at present."