Foxen Chenin Blanc Old Vines Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard 2014
Yellow apple and pear flavors are rich and accented by yellow raisin and chamomile details, set on a smooth body, with a juicy finish.
The 2014 Chenin Blanc, which emerges from 50 year-old vines, is rich, phenolic and intense to the core, with a real sense of apricot/peach pit character that dominates. Sweet floral and spice notes add nuance as the wine opens up, but the Chenin remains quite structured and intense, at least today. This is one of the most distinctive Chenin Blancs readers will come across. Proprietors Bill Wathen and Dick Doré are at the top of their game... These are some of the most expressive, singular wines being made in Santa Barbara County today.