Library-Magnum 2009 Fox Den Pinot Noir

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A 1.5L bottle of our inaugural release of Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir!

Tasting Notes

We're absolutely thrilled with the inaugural vintage of our new Green Valley superstar. It's classic Green Valley: vivid berries, super fresh, deep and nuanced. While this is not our coldest vineyard (Devil’s and Freestone would take that honor), it has the highest natural acidity of our Pinots, which along with the perfectly resolved tannins of the 2009 vintage, supports a wine of exceptional freshness and structure. The wine leads with aromas of dense, juicy raspberry, with notes of sassafras and rhubarb. The longer it sits in the glass the more concentrated it becomes, while still holding its essential brightness. In the mouth, its flavors are mouth-coating, starting with sour cherry, raspberry and blueberry, and followed by cherry and sassafras on the long, sweet, persistent finish.  The wine is striking for its wonderful combination of richness and freshness. Its concentration and depth lets it stand up to hearty meat dishes, while its intricacy has it just as at home with a piece of tuna or a snack of bread and fresh cheeses. 

Winemaker's Notes

The Vineyard

There's an awesome new kid on the block!! We're totally stoked to have Fox Den Vineyard as our newest designated Pinot, and while it's new for many, this is a vineyard that Dan and Steve planted together in 2002, and Dan has been crafting wine from since 2004. Owned and lovingly overseen by Ed and Sue Smith, the vineyard is located at their home atop Stoetz Ridge on the western edge of the Green Valley appellation. Here on the hill, it's a touch warmer than the bottom of the valley, but the low nitrogen sandy soil grows vines and ripens fruit slowly, and is always among the last pinots we harvest. It gives us wine of tremendous silkiness, bright raspberry fruit and perfect natural acidity—classic Green Valley. The eight acres is split into three clones: 667 for its vivid fruit, 777 for its chewy tannins and 115 for its brightness and floral aromatics. The result is a wine of focus and character, and we're thrilled to have it as our new baby.



At Dutton-Goldfield our pinot is hand sorted and destemmed into small open top fermenters and the must is the cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins.  The three blocks at Fox Den were fermented separately to optimize what we most love about each, then barreled individually until we worked out the exact vineyard blend in March of 2010. About half of the wine that came off of the vineyard made the final DV blend, most of the 667, then a bit each of the 115 and 777. One of the beauties of blending in the spring is the joy of honing barrel choices. For this wine, we love the floral notes of Remond Trancais barrels which really highlight its beautiful raspberry fruit. And, of course, we always use a bit of Taransaud which supports the underlying weight of the wine. The wine was bottled in March 2011 after spending 17 months in oak. 

Awards & Accolades

93 Points Wine Enthusiast

Library-Magnum 2009 Fox Den Pinot Noir

Technical Data

Alcohol 13.5%

TA 0.58 gm/100 ml

pH 3.47

Winemaking Open top fermentation, cold soak, punch down

Barrel Aging Aged 17 months in French oak (50% new barrels)