Bill Wathen and Dick Doré have been making wine together since 1985, when they founded Foxen Winery & Vineyard at the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in Northern Santa Barbara County. Since that time their dedication has remained the same: the creation of small production, sustainably-farmed, vineyard-focused wines using a straightforward and minimalist approach to winemaking.

The winery is named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, and English sea captain and Dick's great-great grandfather. Benjamin Foxen came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800's and purchased the historic Rancho Tinaquaic in 1837 with a Mexican Land Grant that totaled nearly 9000 acres, that comprised most of what is now known as Foxen Canyon. Captain Foxen adopted the distinctive anchor as his ranch cattle brand, which became the trademark of the Foxen Vineyard & Winery. We are proud that we have made our home on the now 2000-acre Rancho Tinaquaic, which remains in family hands.

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Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2016
91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91Lighter in the glass, this appellation blend shows pomegranate sorbet, cranberry skins, rose petals and wild herbs on the nose. The palate is crisp and tart with raspberry fruit that's lifted by chaparral spice and wild thyme.
Item Number: 31366
Case: $311.40

Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2015
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 “Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir is scented of violets, cinnamon stick and Ceylon tea over a core of red cherries and raspberries, plus a hint of dried Provence herbs. The light to medium-bodied palate offers up a fantastic intensity of perfumed red berries

Foxen Chardonnay Bien Nacido Block UU 2015
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 The 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block Uu reveals pleasant sulfide/struck match notes over a core of lemon curd, grapefruit and baking bread plus a waft of orange blossoms. Light to medium-bodied with a wicked backbone of racy acid, it delivers intense citrus and mineral

First Drop 'Mother's Milk' Shiraz 2014
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92"Elegant and graceful, but not shy on intensity. Polished, with sarsaparilla, vanilla and bramble notes to the core of lush, juicy raspberry and strawberry. The complexity endures on the long finish. Drink now through 2026."

Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2014
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "Spice, underbrush, wild herbs and assorted red fruits all emerge from the charming, medium-bodied, supple, forward 2014 Pinot Noir from the Santa Maria Valley. It's geared for drinking over the coming 3-4 years, but offers incredible quality for not much buck. Note, this is a mix

Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2013
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 94 Delicious aromas of ripe cherry pie and black cardamom are quite sexy. The palate is far more complicated and layered, with the tartness of plum skins, richness of strawberry, balsamic reduction and spiciness of black sage.

Foxen 7200 Vogelzang Vyd Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
90  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 90 "Aged for 22 months in French oak, 80% of it new: Opaque ruby. Oak-spiced cherry and cassis on the nose, along with notes of licorice, pipe tobacco and vanilla. Plush and open-knit, offering powerful dark berry compote flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Stretches

Foxen Ernesto Wickenden Vyd Chenin Blanc 2012
"This 3-acre vineyard in the heart of the Santa Maria Bench was planted 43 years ago, and was named after Dick’s great uncle, Ernesto Wickenden. The wine is bright and lively, and displays notes of citrus, pear and melon, with a long, clean “minerally” finish."

Foxen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2012
90  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 90"Silky and seamless in texture, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of florality. Closes silky and long, with gentle tannins and lingering spiciness."

First Drop 'Mother's Milk' Shiraz 2012
" Not a sledgehammer style, this Barossa Shiraz is made for drinking! Soft, slurpy and textured it is balanced with good acidity, which refreshes the palate and makes you go back for a second / third glass. Sourced from 2 unique vineyards, it is fruit laden, savoury and dangerously easy to drink! It

First Drop 'Mother's Milk' Shiraz 2010
93  James Halliday 
James Halliday 93 "Medium purple-red; an unashamedly full-bodied wine, with a super-abundant scrum of blackberry, plum, black cherry, licorice and ripe tannins, and oak hidden in the middle."  International Wine Cellar 91 "Bright purple. Intensely perfumed aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry,

Foxen 'Santa Maria' Pinot Noir 2006
"This wine shows distinctive Pinot candy and spice (Cola nut, cinnamon, cardamom) beautifully layered with notes of strawberry, cherry and sassafras. Supple and velvety in the mouth, this is an elegant wine. Typical of our Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, this wine displays up front fruityet

Foxen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
89  Connoisseurs Guide to Wine 
Wine Spectator 88 "Intense and vibrant, with spicy cola, blackberry and boysenberry flavors that are fresh and complex. Nicely tapered finish. Drink now through 2008. 1,190 cases made. (JL)"  Connoisseurs Guide to Wine 89 "Smelling of sweet cherries, caramel and a touch of strawberry jam, this