The 2014 Chardonnay Tinaquaic Vineyard presents a much deeper and more phenolic expression of Chardonnay. Oily and viscous, with tremendous fruit intensity, the Tinaquaic offers superb nuance and complexity throughout. Scents of hazelnut, orange blossom and honey give the wine its distinctive exoticism and overall feel. Dry farming seems to give the Tinaquaic much of its distinctive personality and pedigree. This is another superb wine from Foxen.
Yields tend to be low in this dry-farmed vineyard, which especially struggles during a drought, but the quality is fantastic. Aromas of browned toast, popcorn, Meyer-lemon pith, honey pollen and a mineral herbal chamomile character show on the nose. A vibrant chalkiness reveals itself on the sip, with lemon blossom and grapefruit pith keeping the palate tight, grippy and texturally zippy.