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Foxen Syrah Santa Maria Valley Tinaquaic 2005

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Winemaker's Notes:One of the most asked questions in our Tasting Room is "what does dry-farmed mean?". Well, the answer is that we have no water to irrigate our estate Rancho Tinaquaic Vineyard. Every vintage we have to thin down the fruit set to keep the vines in balance with the annual rainfall. In addition, there can't be one weed in the vineyard that would rob the vines of any available moisture. Needless to say, the Tinaquaic vineyard fruit is some of the most intense and exotic on the Central Coast. This Syrah is brimming with distinctive white pepper, Herbs de Provence, molasses and Elephant Heart plum.-Bill Wathen*91 Points- Wine Spectator- Jim LaubeIntense, rich and chewy, with spicy, sweet wild berry, leather, cola, and rhubarb, giving this complexity, depth and lenghth. Drink now through 2012.

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Foxen Vineyard:
Since that time, their dedication has remained the same—the creation of very small-production, vineyard-designated wines using a "minimalist" approach to winemaking. The winery is named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, an English sea captain and Dick's great-great grandfather, who came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800's. In 1837, this Santa Barbara County pionee... Read more
Since that time, their dedication has remained the same—the creation of very small-production, vineyard-designated wines using a "minimalist" approach to winemaking. The winery is named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, an English sea captain and Dick's great-great grandfather, who came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800's. In 1837, this Santa Barbara County pioneer purchased the Rancho Tinaquaic, a Mexican Land Grant that originally totaled nearly 9000 acres and comprised most of what is now known as Foxen Canyon. Captain Foxen adopted the distinctive "anchor" as his ranch cattle brand, which has become a trademark of the winery. It is very fitting that FOXEN has made its home on the 2000-acre Rancho Tinaquaic, which remains in family hands. With the completion of FOXEN’s new solar-powered winery and tasting room in August 2009, the historic and beloved “tasting shack was renamed “foxen 7200”, where Bill and Dick now feature their Bordeaux and Cal-Ital-style wines, under a newly designed label. FOXEN pinots, chardonnays and Rhône-style wines will be showcased in the new tasting room at 7600 Foxen Canyon Road. Read less

Winemaker's Notes:One of the most asked questions in our Tasting Room is "what does dry-farmed mean?". Well, the answer is that we have no water to irrigate our estate Rancho Tinaquaic Vineyard. Every vintage we have to thin down the fruit set to keep the vines in balance with the annual rainfall. In addition, there can't be one weed in the vineyard that would rob the vines of any available moisture. Needless to say, the Tinaquaic vineyard fruit is some of the most intense and exotic on the Central Coast. This Syrah is brimming with distinctive white pepper, Herbs de Provence, molasses and Elephant Heart plum.-Bill Wathen*91 Points- Wine Spectator- Jim LaubeIntense, rich and chewy, with spicy, sweet wild berry, leather, cola, and rhubarb, giving this complexity, depth and lenghth. Drink now through 2012.

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