2013 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir
Fox Den Vineyard is perched on top of Stoetz Ridge, at the western border of Green Valley and just above the town of Occidental. The Gold Ridge Sandy Loam soil here is extremely sandy since this ridge is old pushed-up sea bottom, which makes for low vigor vines, slow ripening, and beautifully floral and fruit driven wine. Here on the hill, it’s frequently a touch warmer than the bottom of the valley, but it’s still always among the last harvested and highest in natural acidity of our pinots. Dan and Steve planted the spot together in 2002, and Dan has been crafting the wine since 2004. The eight acres is split into three clones: 667 for vivid fruit, 777 for chewy tannins and 115 for brightness and floral aromatics.
The 2013 season once again gave us a super luscious Fox Den to share with you. As with most years, Fox Den was one of our first pinot vineyards in, harvested on September 13. In the glass, the garnet color is gemlike and bright, and this liveliness is continued on to the creamy raspberry nose. The wine is sweet and silky, and has that wonderful characteristic that all great pinots do of being rich yet light on its feet, mouthfilling without being heavy. A light overlay of tobacco spice frames the red raspberry and cherry fruit to add an interesting depth. The longer it sits in the glass, the more the juiciness opens up. This is definitely a crowd-pleaser pinot, and also a wonderfully versatile pairing wine, complimenting everything from grilled salmon and roasted chicken to mushroom pizza and lamb burgers. Be sure to put some away to watch it evolve over the next 10 years. $58 per bottle. 576 cases produced.
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