Bang The Drums!!!

No longer can we lay claim to being the sole champions of the astonishing wine values from Foxglove. It was inevitable that Foxglove would become a household name among those in the know. When you combine quality fruit with expert winemaking and then graciously offer it at a reasonable price, people will take notice. In The Wine Advocate’s latest issue Robert Parker identified all 3 Foxglove wines under the heading: Fifty Super Domestic Wine Values. Given the sheer number of domestic wines out there, naming all 3 wines from Foxglove in this category is a high honor indeed. We have included the reviews, listing them below each wine: But first, a little background on Foxglove. Foxglove is a label produced by the team behind Varner Wines, twin brothers Jim and Bob. With Foxglove, the Varners purchase the fruit and then vinify with the same integrity as with their single-vineyard beauties. The rich Chardonnay exudes tropical fruit but is reigned in by being fermented in stainless steel tanks and skipping malolactic fermentation. The Zinfandel is textbook Paso Robles Zinfandel with its Hawaiian Punch concentrate and ripe plum gushy fruit, while the Cabernet Sauvignon is round and rich without any hard edges. Anytime anyone comes in asking for a Wedding wine recommendation, Foxglove is immediately suggested for its high quality to price ratio. But don’t just wait for a large special occasion party for your first taste of Foxglove. How about this weekend? Now you’re talking!
2008 Foxglove Chardonnay San Luis Obispo
White Wine; Chardonnay; Central Coast;
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The sensational 2008 Chardonnay Central Coast, which is fermented and aged completely in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation, is a 30,000-cuvee (sic) of fabulous Chardonnay. Loads of tropical fruit, honeysuckle, and orange blossom notes fill the olfactory sense, as does the luscious medium-bodied texture on the palate. The wine is buttressed by crisp underlying acidity, and the result is a fresh, naked expression of Chardonnay that is top-flight. Drink it over the next year or so. 91 pts./Robert Parker
2007 Foxglove Zinfandel Paso Robles
Red Wine; Zinfandel; Central Coast;
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The outstanding 2007 Zinfandel (86% Zinfandel and 14% Petite Sirah) is another winner and phenomenal bargain. This is classic Zinfandel with loads of berry fruit, pepper, earth, and roasted Provencal herbs. The wine is pure, full-bodied, ripe, with not a hard edge to be found. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.90 pts./Robert Parker
2007 Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
Red Wine; Cabernet Sauvignon; Central Coast;
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Foxglove also scores highly with their 10,800-case cuvee of 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. A blend of all-Paso Robles fruit and composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petiti (sic) Verdot and Cabernet Franc, the wine has a dense ruby/purple color and plenty of black fruit intermixed with loamy soil undertones, licorice, and spice. The wine is luscious and. medium to full-bodied , with silky tannins and a heady, opulent finish. Drink it over the next 2-4 years, although it could last a lot longer.89 pts./Robert Parker

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