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2011 Foxen Williamson-Dore Vineyard Syrah

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ITEM 8244910 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased at retail

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I8270979 2 $26 Jun 12, 2022
I8270919 1 $25 Jun 12, 2022
I8265318 1 $25 Jun 12, 2022
I8255742 1 $25 Jun 5, 2022
I8244751 2 $25 May 29, 2022
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91Vinous / IWC

...aromas of dark berries, olive tapenade, floral oils and cracked pepper. Fleshy, sweet and smooth on the palate, offering smoky cassis and blueberry flavors and a hint of vanilla...with the peppery nuance adding bite to a very long, vanilla- and violet-tinged finish.

91Wine Enthusiast

What a pretty Syrah this is...dry and stylishly elegant in the mouth. The flavors veer toward ripe cherries and blackberries, sprinkled with cinnamon, cocoa and finely-ground black pepper.

90The Wine Advocate

Ripe and meaty, with loads of black fruit, licorice, olive paste and green peppercorns... Medium-bodied, rich and supple on the palate, with lively acidity and a great finish...



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.


United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Ynez Valley

Santa Ynez Valley AVA is home to more wineries than any other area in Santa Barbara County. The appellation was established in 1983 and it includes a total of 76,800 acres, of which 1,500 acres are vineyards. Chardonnay is the dominant grape in this appellation, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. The appellation runs east and west with temperatures and microclimates changing significantly from warmer in the east to cool by the time the district gets close to the Pacific Ocean. In recent years Rhone-style wines have been successfully made here, and vineyards now are also planted to Syrah, Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache, Mourvedre and Marsanne.


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.