Foxen Chardonnay Block UU, Bien Nacido Vineyards Santa Maria, California 2014

Foxen Chardonnay Block UU, Bien Nacido Vineyards Santa Maria, California 2014

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  Foxen's 2014 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block UU is one of the quirkiest California Chardonnays readers will come across. The plant material here is Chardonnay grafted onto own-rooted Riesling rootstock that was originally planted in the early 1970s. Oddly enough, this wine often shows distinctly tropical, Riesling-inflected notes, as it does again in 2014. White peach, ash, slate, pear and crushed rocks show superb energy allied to power in a Chardonnay with searing intensity, fabulous balance and tons of personality. Proprietors Bill Wathen and Dick Doré are at the top of their game. This superb set of wines from Foxen also provides fascinating insights into the 2013 vintage, as the Chardonnays and Syrahs are more consistent and brilliant than their Pinot Noir counterparts, which is an accurate depiction of the strengths and weaknesses of the year more broadly...All of the wines see minimal handling and are bottled with no fining or filtration...These are some of the most expressive, singular wines being made in Santa Barbara County today. (AG)