Foxen 2012 Pinot Noir, Block 43, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, CA
Wine Advocate rating: 91+..."More burly and masculine, with ample dark fruits, toast, mineral, licorice and spice, the 2012 Pinot Noir Block 43 Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley is a big-boned, structured effort that will be better with another year of cellaring. As with the Block 8, this was completely destemmed before spending 17 months in 33% new French oak. I like the tannin quality here, as well as the purity of fruit, and it should drink nicely through 2022. I was blown away by these new Pinot Noir releases from Foxen, and they’re up near the top of the vintage."