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2013 Foxen Tinaquaic Vineyard Syrah

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ITEM 8235007 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Bidder Amount Total
$30
Item Sold Amount Date
I8245068 1 $25 May 29, 2022
I8215887 2 $30 May 8, 2022
I8186758 1 $30 Apr 24, 2022
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RATINGS

95+ Vinous / IWC

...magnificent.... Inky dark blue and purplish fruit, lavender, menthol, sage and licorice make a strong first impression, before the considerable tannins kick in... The interplay of fruit, tannin and acidity is compelling.

93Wine Enthusiast

...aromas of boysenberry, black-pepper sauce and black sesame. A tarry character kicks off the palate and then evolves into roasted lamb with lavender-pepper crust, dried mint and tarragon flavors. A soft and deftly sewn acidity hums throughout the sip.

91-93The Wine Advocate

...more meaty, peppery and herb characteristics in its core of ripe fruit and graphite...medium to full-bodied...lots of tannin.

PRODUCER

Foxen

Foxen was founded in the Santa Maria Valley, in Santa Barbara County, in 1985 when Bill Wathen and Richard Dore started making wine. The winery was named after Dore’s great-great grandfather, William Benjamin Foxen, a sea captain who arrived in Santa Barbara in the early 19th century and purchased the property where the winery now stands. Foxen owns 10 acres of vineyards and makes small amounts of Bordeaux blends, Rhone blends, Italian-inspired reds and whites, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

REGION

United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Valley

Santa Barbara County is not an AVA, but a region just south of San Luis Obispo that includes the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Wine has been produced in the area since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that producers focused on growing premier grapes for fine wines. During the 1990s more than 10,000 acres of vineyards were planted, and today there are nearly 20,000 acres of vineyards. The region received a big bump in recognition and prestige when the popular film “Sideways” was shot there in 2004. Because the region is affected by maritime weather, it is relatively cool climate makes it ideal for Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and an increasingly adventuresome number of varietals are also grown successfully in Santa Barbara County.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.