Our Wines - Rhône-style

Founded by Dick Doré and Bill Wathen in 1985.
Sustainable wine-growers. Solar-powered winery.

Our Wines - Rhône-style


Our Rhone-Style wines are made from varietals carefully selected by our wine maker Bill Wathen. He desires to only make the highest quality and delicious Rhone-Style wines possible.

2015 - Syrah - Williamson-Doré Vineyard

Santa Ynez Valley

Product Sheet

$46 - Buy Now

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"Foxen 2015 Williamson-Dore VIneyard Syrah (Los Olivos District). Quite dark and viscous in the glass, this bottling shows very concentrated, deep and intense aromas of black currant, charred rosemary, roasted meat and a hint of incense. There’s a coffee and chai spice component to the sip along­side the persistent dark fruit, charcoal, black pep­per and uplifting flavors of violet and lilac. Strong tannins ensure a long lie. Drink now through 2030. Cellar Selection. —M.K. "

93 Points - Vinous

"The 2015 Syrah Williamson-Doré Vineyard is fabulous. Inky blue/purplish fruit, crème de cassis, menthol, licorice, lavender and exotic spice notes are pushed forward in this sensual, exotically ripe Syrah from Foxen. There is plenty of tannin and structure lurking beneath all of the fruit and yet all the elements are impeccably balanced throughout."

92+ Points - Wine Advocate

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Syrah Williamson Dore Vineyard delivers expressive blackberry preserves and blueberry notes with underlying violets, chocolate box and licorice suggestions plus a hint of black pepper. Medium-bodied with a firm frame of chewy tannins and refreshing acidity, it has plenty of crunchy black fruit and spicy layers, finishing with an herbal lift."

2014 - Syrah - Williamson-Doré Vineyard

Santa Ynez Valley

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$46 - Coming Soon

91-93 Points - Wine Advocate
A beautiful effort, the inky colored 2014 Syrah Williamson Dore Vineyard (100% Syrah aged 20 months in 45% new French and Hungarian oak is loaded with ripe black fruits, pepper and spice box aromas and flavors, has full-bodied richness, and impeccable purity and freshness. It should be approachable on release and keep through 2024.

90 Points - California Grapevine

2014 - Syrah - Tinaquaic Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$48 - Buy Now

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Violets, bacon fat and caramel sauce are drizzled across blueberry and olallieberry fruits on the nose of this bottling from Billy Wathen and Dick Dore. The palate is expertly integrated and deep with flavors of blackberry, pepper dust, tart black-plum skins, cocoa powder and roasted pork. It conveys classic Syrah flavors, done with grace."

91-93 Points - Wine Advocate

2014 - Syrah - Toasted Rope

Santa Ynez Valley

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$44 - Sold Out

91 Points - Wine Spectator
"Well-knit and expressive, with raspberry and smoky beef aromas and focused flavors of plum and tobacco, revealing a lively touch of game. Drink now through 2026. 374 cases made."

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Rustic aromas of blackberry, leather, pepper, dried violet and a light tar show on the nose of this appellation-blend bottling. Cocoa and dark elderberry appear on the sip, along with dried herb. It's a light style of Syrah, but vibrant and versatile."