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Snooth User: JonDerry

Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines

Posted by JonDerry, Mar 8, 2016.

Anyone have any experience?

I've noticed Kelley mentioned among the best company in Oregon Pinot, popular with Somm's and the like. Being a Burgundy lover, I've mostly found CA Pinot painful (though I've found a few I like!), and Oregon Pinot quite a bit more elegant, but sometimes or most of the time more boring rather than painful (as I find with the classic, and often harsh, CA cola note.)

Here is a little background on Kelley's story, her experience also calls back to Eyrie's founder (along with his wife Diana) David Lett

Kelley Fox Wines is a small winery I created along with my father, Gerson Stearns. The first vintage was 2007, starting with just over 100 cases. The annual case production is now just shy of 2000 cases, all from the historic Maresh Vineyard and the Demeter-certified biodynamic Momtazi Vineyard (since the beginning).

I've been a full-time, year-round, on-the-floor Oregon Pinot Noir winemaker since 2000.  My education includes a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Biology from Texas AM University. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with dual degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University and was admitted to the PhD program in Biochemistry. 

Before completing the doctorate, I changed my path to pursue winemaking.  I learned winemaking not from a classroom or textbooks, but directly from Oregon winemakers who had put in some serious time. I was deeply influenced by my dear friend and former employer, the late David Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards.  David was the ultimate iconoclast who pioneered the Oregon wine industry in the 1960’s.

My winemaking experience includes Torii Mor, Hamacher, and Eyrie, and ten years as winemaker at Scott Paul Wines (August 2005 to about mid-April 2015). I now happily work for my own winery exclusively.

Anyhow, I'm really looking forward to trying my first Kelley Fox wine. I've been following her on facebook for a while, and she also has a talent in controlling her image/branding, though maybe I'm influenced by her profile pic, which perhaps clearly reveals her Burgundian attitude.

 

 

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Reply by vin0vin0, Mar 8, 2016.

JD, our son lives in Portland and we've been to Willamette each year since he moved there in 2011 but have never heard of Kelley Fox Wines. I've signed up for her mailing list and have added her to my OR wineries to check out next time we're out there (most likely this July).

Please let us know what you think when you get to opening that bottle!

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 8, 2016.

Vino, no surprise since she apparently just started. Definitely one of those new startups you learn about from, as JD mentioned, somms or people in the industry or in posts like this. Fully second (or even 3rd) generation of the Oregon efforts.

JD, looking forward to the tasting notes soon!

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Reply by JonDerry, Mar 8, 2016.

Glad to be of service!

I've also found that for me, the few really stand out OR and CA Pinot's over the years I've found to have had a pretty strong whole cluster character. Was happy to hear Kelley confirm that she used about 70% in 2013 and has even upped it from there in more recent vintages to 100%.

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 8, 2016.

Had an OK Pommard premier cru that was religiously whole cluster over the weekend, and even sensuous for that appellation. May post later on it.

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Mar 9, 2016.

Would love to hear about it. Have precious few Pommards in the cellar, mostly Billard-Gonnett and a couple new school Faiveley. Rugiens seems to be the vineyard that gets a lot of the attention, where Volnay seems a bit more diverse in the celebration of the Cru's and even village wines from Lafarge and Leroux are highly regarded.

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Reply by kelleyfox, Mar 9, 2016.

Hi everyone-

Though I have lived in Oregon for the past 27 years, I started this winery in 2007 while I was winemaker for Scott Paul Wines in Carlton. (winemaker there from 2005 through 2014). Before that, I was a full-time winemaker in the Willamette Valley since 2000. Sixteen years as winemaker here. Now I producing over 2000 cases annually, and the wines are distributed in Paris, London, Germany, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Idaho, Wyoming, the Miami area, and soon, in Australia and Minneapolis. And more. My web page is www.kelleyfoxwines.com. 

The "Burgundian" shirt in the photo was given to me by my dear, dear friend, Thiebault Huber of Domaine Huber-Verdereau in Volnay. His wines are a true gift. 

My kindest regards,

Kelley

 

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Reply by kelleyfox, Mar 9, 2016.

PS: please forgive the typos

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Reply by outthere, Mar 9, 2016.

If typo's are the worst we can expect from you then you're way ahead of the rest of us! Welcome.

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 9, 2016.

Good to see you here, Kelley, and I stand corrected about you having 'just started'!  Unfortunately don't see distribution towards Tokyo, where I am now. Looking forward at some point to drinking some of your wine.

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Reply by EMark, Mar 9, 2016.

It's very exciting to have you join us, here, Kelley. I look forward to learning from you, and, yes, trying some of your wine.

Oh, and, in spite of Outthere's comment, we do give demerits around here for misusing pallet or pallette.

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Reply by outthere, Mar 9, 2016.

Or palate :-p

 

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Reply by EMark, Mar 9, 2016.

Or palate

Yes, Ouththere, technically, that would also give demerits.  I have to say, though, I have yet to read here where somebody took delivery of a palate of roof tiles, or that that that had were mixing oils for a still life on their palate.

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 9, 2016.

OTOH, Mark, we're not social-media-ing on art or shipping and logistics sites so there is little opportunity for those errors, which likely would occur in those other contexts. Here there are way too many unwashed who seem to have skiploaders rushing around their tongue offloading pallets of (assumingly cases) of wine across their tongue, where they're also mixing those colors on their palettes in the attempt to paint a pretty picture (assumably of the wine they're tasting--visual TNs?). I'm with you on how annoying the misuse of those three words is.

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Reply by outthere, Mar 9, 2016.

Wut, r u sayn u dont lik de way I rite or spell?

 

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Reply by Really Big Al, Mar 10, 2016.

Hey, getting back to a discussion about wine for a moment, remember that Sandra and I are heading to Portland about a week from now.  We'll be going down to Corvallis I think on the second day, but we still have a short list of wineries to visit, and that list has changed a few times thanks to you guys and gals.  Should we do our best to visit Kelly Fox Wines?  A nice tasting is what we're after, and we might buy a bottle or two from one of these early trip wineries to share with my sisters. 

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Reply by JonDerry, Mar 11, 2016.

Thanks for stopping by Kelley. Kind of thought you might!

I have a mind to check out your friends wines from Volnay, I see there are a few bottles avaialble in the states.

RBA, maybe see if you can find one of Kelley's wines at retail before asking about a visit. There isn't any info on visiting on the website, so it seems like not something that's typically done.

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Reply by kelleyfox, Mar 11, 2016.

Thank you for the welcome and for the kind comments, outthere, emark, and jonderry. Jonderry: please do try Thiebault's wines. I don't have twitter, only recently joined instagram, and have no idea how to deal with my LinkedIn, but I am glad this post caught my eye, quite by chance, actually, posted somewhere on facebook at the top of my newsfeed. I didn't know about "snooth" before. Very nice to meet you all. Best to you.  :) 

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Reply by Really Big Al, Mar 12, 2016.

We've filled out an inquiry on Kelly's web site asking about stopping by for a tasting on 19 March.  I hope they do tastings at the winery.  Meanwhile, I'll look for one of the bottles out here in Virginia but I doubt I'll find one.

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 12, 2016.

Probably better luck finding them once you get to Portland.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Mar 13, 2016.

You guys are gonna be so jealous.  Sandra and I have arranged a tasting at the Kelly Fox Winery on 19 March.  We are really looking forward to it!

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