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Our Wines - Pinots

Our Pinots


If you don’t know our Pinots, you don’t know FOXEN. We have become renown for our incredible Pinot Noirs. Vintage after vintage receive the highest acclaim and awards.

2016 - Pinot Noir -

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$36 - Buy Now

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"Lighter in the glass, this appellation blend shows pomegranate sorbet, cranberry skins, rose petals and wild herbs on the nose. The palate is crisp and tart with raspberry fruit that's lifted by chaparral spice and wild thyme."

91 Points - Burghound

"Discreet hints of oak toast and menthol character can be found on the herbal tea-inflected nose that features notes of dark raspberry, cherry, spice and a touch of earth. The nicely rich and sleek middle weight flavors possess an appealing sense of vibrancy that carries over to the lingering, balanced and delicious finish that evidences a hint of bitter cherry pit. Like the Melville, this beautifully textured effort needs to develop better depth and it should be able to do so as once again, the underlying material is very promising."

90 Points - California Grapevine

2016 - Pinot Noir Block 8 - Bien Nacido Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$64 - Buy Now

95 Points - JebDunnuck.com

"Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the 2016 Pinot Noir Block 8 Bien Nacido is a beauty that was brought up all in 3- and 4-year-old barrels. Sporting a vivid ruby/purple-tinged color as well as notes of wild strawberries, black raspberries, scorched earth, forest floor, and salty minerality, this beauty hits the palate with medium-bodied depth and richness, vibrant acidity, and a fresh, focused core that's mostly covered by the upfront 2016 fruit. I love its purity and vibrancy, and while you can certainly drink this beauty today, it's going to evolve gracefully on its balance."

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast, Matt Kettman

"This block-designated wine is intense in hearty aromas of black raspberry, dried mint and loamy earth. Spiced cake and sharp purple-flower flavors arise on the palate, but it's the dark, penetrating and focused boysenberry and dark-fruit flavors that command attention. Drink 2019–2036."

93+ Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"An explosion of aromas and flavors hits the palate in Foxen's 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Block 8. Sweet rose petal, lavender and a host of red/purplish berry fruit opens up in the glass. Exuberant, racy and super-polished the 2016 is virtually impossible to resist."

92 Points - Wine Advocate

“The 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Block 8 has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and nose of dried cherries, blueberries, forest floor, blackberries and hints of dried herbs and charcuterie. It's light to medium-bodied with earthy fruits, very juicy acidity and soft, grainy tannins, finishing earthy.”

92 Points - Burghound, Allen Meddows

"Here the oak influence is dialed up with notes of menthol that sit atop the essence of plum, dark cherry and violet scents. There is more volume and richness to the solidly concentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess a mouth feel that is at once generous and suave, all wrapped in a sappy, firm and beautifully complex finale. I very much like the balance and this beauty should amply reward mid to even longer-term cellaring, indeed it's going to require at least some."

90 Points - California Grapevine

2016 - Pinot Noir Block 43 - Bien Nacido Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$65 - Buy Now

95 Points - JebDunnuck.com

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Block 43 Bien Nacido comes from a single block in the Bien Nacido Vineyard and was aged 17 months in one-third new French oak. It's not far from the Block 8 cuvée yet has slightly more new oak as well as beautiful cassis and strawberry fruits, spice box, violets, and crushed rocks. Voluptuous and sexy on the palate, with a stacked mid-palate, this beauty fills the mouth with fruit and displays no hard edges, nicely integrated acidity, and a beautifully pure, balance style."

93 Points - Wine Advocate

“Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2016 Pinot Noir Block 43 Bien Nacido Vineyard features red and black cherries, blueberries, turned earth, floral perfume and herbs hints. Light to medium-bodied with good concentration and savory accents, it has fine, grainy tannins and good freshness, finishing long.”

92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Block 43 is an attractive, fruity wine. The style here favors a bit more overt fruit and immediacy than is found in the Block 8. Bright red cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, blood orang and baking spice flavors are nicely delineated."

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"This coveted block designation from a historic property combines rich aromas of black cherry and dark berry with gamy hints of roasted pork and composting violets. It's bright and tart at first on the palate before wood spice, roasted cherry and cherry pit show in the midpalate. It's still a young wine."

91 Points - Burghound

"There is a bit more menthol character present on the cool and airy yet ripe aromas that combine notes of black cherry and raspberry with those of anise, sandalwood and violet. The exceptionally rich and sappy fuller-bodied flavors possess a bit more mid-palate density and the abundant dry extract imparts a lush mouth feel yet the youthfully austere and ever-so-mildly warm finish immediately tightens up. This is also very good and while I slightly prefer the Block 8, it will be most interesting to revisit both of these in 8 to 10 years."

2016 - Pinot Noir - Julia's Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$66 - Buy Now

96 Points - JebDunnuck.com

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard comes from another cool site in the Santa Maria Valley and was raised in 46% new French oak. It has a more classic, evolved, complex style as well as lovely notes of forest floor, ripe cherry and raspberry fruits, dried spices, and dried orange peel. Seamless and elegant on the palate, with no hard edges, perfect balance, and ultra-fine tannin, it's a thrilling Pinot Noir that's going to keep for 10-15 years. Bravo!"

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard has a broody nose of forest floor, black cherries, blackberries, cola, woodsmoke and dried herbs hints plus notes of stewed black tea leaves. Light to medium-bodied and concentrated with earthy dark fruits in the mouth, it has grainy tannins and good freshness, finishing long."

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"Ripe red cherry meets with hints of dewy thyme, sagebrush and minty earth on the nose of this single-vineyard expression. The palate is loaded with herbal impact, as thyme and oregano provide depth to the pomegranate and raspberry flavors."

90 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard is one of the bigger wines in the range. There is no shortage of body or size, although the contours are a bit less polished than in some of the other wines in the range. Smoke, game, tobacco and feral notes contribute to the wine's slightly wild personality."

90 Points - Burghound

"Temperate amounts of wood and menthol again frame the relatively high-toned aromas of cranberry, raspberry and cherry. The suave and velvet-textured broad-shouldered flavors are rich to the point of opulence thanks to the abundant amount of sappy dry extract that helps to buffer the moderately firm finish that possesses reasonable depth and length on the ever-so-slightly warm finale."

2016 - Pinot Noir - Solomon Hills Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$62 - Buy Now

Wine Club Exclusive Wine

96 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Dark mulberry, black raspberry and slate start the nose of this bottling from one of the region's most coastal vineyards, but then comes a tremendous amount of black sage, Earl Grey tea and the slightest touch of game on the nose. Dark-berry flavors are cut by thyme and lavender on the palate, which is rich yet fresh, tart and lovely."

93 Points - JebDunnuck.com
"Strawberries, violets, citrus blossom, and some exotic passion fruit characteristics all emerge from the 2016 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard, a pretty, elegant, perfumed wine that has tons to love. Possessing medium-bodied richness, nicely integrated acidity, and a clean finish, it's one of the more vibrant, racy wines in the lineup. Give bottles 2-3 years of bottle age and it will keep for 10-15 years or more. This cuvée spent 17 months in one-third new French oak."

92 Points - Wine Advocate

“Pale to medium ruby, the 2016 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard opens with warm cinnamon, wild blackberries, black and red cherries, dried leaves, potpourri and dusty earth scents. The light to medium-bodied palate gives up good fruit concentration, great juicy acidity and soft, grainy tannins, finishing long.”

92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"Foxen's 2016 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills capture all the raciness that is so typical of this Santa Maria site. Perfumed, supple and nicely textured, the 2016 will drink well right out of the gate. Ideally, it would have been nice to see a little more depth here, but the 2016 is still quite attractive."

91 Points - Burghound

"Discreet hints of oak toast and menthol character can be found on the herbal tea-inflected nose that features notes of dark raspberry, cherry, spice and a touch of earth. The nicely rich and sleek middle weight flavors possess an appealing sense of vibrancy that carries over to the lingering, balanced and delicious finish that evidences a hint of bitter cherry pit. Like the Melville, this beautifully textured effort needs to develop better depth and it should be able to do so as once again, the underlying material is very promising."

2015 - Pinot Noir - Solomon Hills Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$62 - Buy Now

96 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"The impressively plump and prominent strawberry and red-currant aromas are alluring on the nose, enhanced by touches of cinnamon and pepper dust. The palate combines savory pepper spice, red plums and berries, with a solidly simmering acidity shimmering through the entire sip."


92+ Points - Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown
"Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard gives a nose of kirsch, cranberry sauce and rhubarb pie with touches of baking spices and violets. The medium-bodied palate sports a great core of vibrant red fruits, supported by fine-grained tannins and appealing freshness, finishing with lingering spice hints."


92 Points - JebDunnuck.com
"I also loved the 2015 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard, and it's a broad, expansive red that shows the power and fruit-forward style of the vineyard. Kirsch, framboise, dried tea and spice aromas and flavors all emerge from this beauty, and it's already drinking nicely, yet will easily keep through 2025."


92 Points - California Grapevine

2015 - Pinot Noir - Riverbench Vineyard

Santa Maria Valley

Product Sheet

$52 - Sold Out

This vineyard was originally planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir during the 1970’s in the Santa Maria Valley. Few of these early plantings exist anymore or are economically productive, so a second wave plantings were installed in 2007 and 2008. And we were invited to come on board to source pinot noir, choosing our acreage and clones, from the Riverbench Vineyard in 2008. This Pinot Noir is a selection of our best barrel lots from their Block 38 (Dijon Clone 667 & Swan). The Riverbench terroir differs much from the high mesa terroir of the Tepusquet bench across the Sisquoc River, more alluvial (water born) sand and river rock as opposed to gravity born heavier soils, and tends to let the Pinots show more earthy and soft fruit elements. This wine displays abundant notes of beet root, strawberry, rhubarb and berry pie crust--with bright acidity and medium soft tannins. It was bottled without fining or filtration. It’s very approachable now, and willing to match up with almost any poultry, fish or salad. Drink now through 2023.

2014 - Pinot Noir -

Sta. Rita Hills

Product Sheet

$38 - Buy Now

91 Points - Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate

"Black cherries, toasted spice, licorice and wild herbs all emerge from the balanced, gorgeously textured 2014 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills. And, it’s a smoking value that has both fruit and complexity. It will shine for 4-5 years."


91 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"Concentrated red cherries, dried purple flowers, fresh rose petals and a wet gravel minerality show on the nose of this bottling by Billy Wathen and Dick Dore. It's light in body and fairly delicate on the sip, with Earl Grey tea, stewed cranberry and rose-hip flavors."

90 Points - Tasting Panel Magazine

90 Points - California Grapevine

2016 - Pinot Noir - John Sebastiano Vineyard

Santa Rita Hills

Product Sheet

$52 - Buy Now

Wine Club Exclusive Wine

94 Points - Wine Enthusuast

"There's an impressive array of aromas on the nose of this bottling, starting with light red cherry and pomegranate before intensifying into boysenberry jam with loads of star anise and dried ginger along the way. The mouthfeel is full, carrying boysenberry-jam flavors laced with sandalwood, myrrh and anise."

92+ Points - JebDunnuck.com

"Slightly darker colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard (17 months in 40% new French oak) is a much bigger, richer Pinot Noir that offers lots of black cherry and blackberry fruits intermixed with spice, forest floor, and a distinct salty minerality. It too is juicy and racy on the palate, with high yet integrated acidity. It's a beautiful wine, yet like the Solomon Hills releases, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age."

92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"The 2016 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard is a powerful, explosive wine endowed with considerable richness. Layers of fruit fill out the wine's vertical frame effortlessly. There is tremendous depth to the blue/purplish fruit. It will be interesting to see if greater nuance develops over time. Today, the JSV Pinot is a bit one-dimensional, although it is undeniably hugely appealing."

91 Points - Wine Advocate

“The pale to medium ruby colored 2016 Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard opens with notes of peppercorn, woodsmoke, autumn leaves and cola with black cherries, blueberries and blackberries plus floral hints. Medium-bodied, it's concentrated in the mouth with grainy tannins to support and juicy acidity, finishing savory and spicy.”

90 Points - Wine Spectator

90 Points - California Grapevine


2015 - Pinot Noir - La Encantada Vineyard

Sta. Rita Hills

Product Sheet

$62 - Buy Now

92 Points - JebDunnuck.com
"Christmas spice, peppery mint, candied cherries and hints of strawberries all emerge from the 2015 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard, and it's another beautiful, elegant, seamless Pinot Noir from this terrific estate. However, like too many 2015s, it drops off on the finish, yet the tannin is beautifully managed and I suspect it will evolve gracefully."

92 Points - California Grapevine

91+ Points - Wine Advocate
"Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir la Encantada Vineyard has a delicate nose of kirsch and red roses with a sautéed herbs and earthy undercurrent. Light-bodied and very fine-boned on the palate, it has fine-grained, silken tannins and lovely freshness, finishing with a softly spoken perfume.."

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast

91 Points - Wine Spectator
"Well-sculpted, with savory vibrancy to the red plum, macerated cherry and raspberry flavors. The minerally finish is svelte and full of sumptuous spiciness. Drink now through 2022. 802 cases made."

90 Points - Burghound
"A much more high-toned nose offers up cool and admirably pure aromas of spiced red cherry along with wisps of raspberry and a top note of cranberry. The sleek, focused and well-delineated middle weight flavors possess a really lovely mouth feel that is less muscular but notably finer that continues onto the dusty, sappy and linear finish. This is quite firm and even a bit youthfully austere and a wine that will need at least a few years of cellaring first."

2016 - Pinot Noir - Fe Ciega Vineyard

Santa Rita Hills

Product Sheet

$70 - Buy Now

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast

"Black raspberry, turned earth, baked plum and incense show on the nose of this bottling from the vineyard of winemaker Billy Wathen's good friend Rick Longoria. There is a woody core to the palate, where oak and pine flavors are wrapped around black plum and boysenberry fruit, with a touch of sagebrush."

92 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Fe Ciega is deep, fleshy and powerful. Although a bit monolithic, the 2016 possesses good depth and enough intensity to develop nicely over the next handful of years. Dark shades of fruit add to the wine's virile feel."

91 Points - Burghound

"This is the first wine to display any appreciable wood influence though it remains sufficiently in the background to easily allow the notably ripe but fresh aromas of cassis, poached plum and soft spice nuances to be appreciated. The suave, seductive and caressing middle weight flavors possess fine mid-palate density and even manage to retain solid detail on the balanced and youthfully austere finale. This is relatively understated in style and altogether lovely."

2015 - Pinot Noir - Melville Vineyard

Santa Rita Hills

Product Sheet

$68 - Buy Now

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast

92 Points - Burghound

"This is aromatically similar to the Julia's but with even more spice influence. The succulent, round and once again seductively textured medium weight flavors possess a caressing mouth feel thanks to the plenitude of dry extract that imparts a velvety aspect to the firm, serious and slightly austere finale. There is really good underlying material and this walks a fine line between being robust but not rustic. Good stuff in a built-to-age package. This too is well-worth your interest."