2005 Foxen “Block 8” Bien Nacido Pinot Noir

Lovely bright red fruit nose with a dash of herbaceousness that cries out “Bien Nacido!”. As distinctive as the RRV, a rival with Bien Nacido as the best place in the state to grow Pinot. On the palate, the bright cherry/raspberry flavors shine through the judicious use of oak with enough tannin to warrant a couple more years of age. The little “tomatoey” characteristic that is a Foxen trademark sneaks in on the medium length finish. One concern is the acid level makes me suspicious that the wine was acidified. Legal yes, but it doesn’t bode well for ageability. Moe/Larry.

JD 7/09