The 2018 Foxen Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block UU is the winery's most popular Chardonnay. Originally planted in 1973 with Clone 4 on its own roots (since regrafted onto Riesling roots), Block UU at the eastern edge of the Bien Nacido Vineyard was inter-planted in 1991 with the same Clone 4 Chardonnay. Hand-harvested grapes are gently whole-cluster pressed and fermented 100 percent in barrel, after which time the wine rests on its lees for 8 months. Malolactic fermentation is discouraged to help this wine retain its natural bright acidity.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley AVA
Aging: 100% barrel fermented and aged sur lie in French oak
93 Points - Vinous
"The 2018 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block UU is light on its feet and supremely gracious. As always, this is a Chardonnay that was grafted onto Riesling rootstock, is so unique. The aromas and flavors are beautifully lifted throughout. Lime, ginger, lemon confit and white flowers add to the wine's total sense of allure." -AG, Aug/2020
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"Tightly woven aromas of lime pith, acacia and crushed chalk make for an enticing nose in this single-block expression. There's a great sizzle on the sip, where vibrant flavors of yuzu, sea salt and lemon juice meet with chipped wood in a complex while fresh display." -MK, 9/1/20