Kelley Fox Wines
Kelley Fox Wines
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THIS JUST IN: Kelley Fox Wines Mirabai Pinot Noir 2021
The Mirabai 2021 is a light-to-medium, youthful, cool-toned red with with blue and deep pink undertones. It’s eye-catchingly brilliant in the glass and transparent. True to the 2021 vintage, the nose is deliciously heady, this one full of Hood strawberries (the best-scented of all, I think), soft minerality, and a hint of spices and tea. The mouth is the same and carried on the classic Dundee Hills silk and finishes long. The Mirabai 2021 is a beautiful, balanced joybringer. It has soaring energy and feels like birdsong.
Appellation: Dundee Hills A.V.A.
70% Weber Vineyard: 24 September 2021: 1983 self-rooted Pommard
30% Maresh Vineyard: 23 September 2021: 1978-1991 self-rooted Pommard
Barrels: neutral Burgundy barrels (228L) made from French forests
Bottling Dates: 27 May 2022
Alcohol: 13.0 %
Whole Cluster: about 30%
Cases Produced: 1300 cases of 750s
A note from Kelley: Kelley Fox Wines is a small winery I created in 2007 along with my father, Gerson "Gus" Stearns. Though I have lived in the Willamette Valley for over 32 years, and I find myself loving Oregon more every year. The first vintage (2007) started with just over 100 cases. The annual case production is now around 5000 cases, from vineyards including the historic Maresh Vineyard, Hyland Vineyard (1988 Coury Clone Pinot), Freedom Hill Vineyard(barrel-fermented Pinot blanc, Pinot noir, and Chardonnay), Weber Vineyard(1983 and 1988 Pinot), Durant Vineyard (Chardonnay and Pinot gris), Dux Vineyard (Chardonnay), Carter Vineyard (1982 old vine), and Canary Hill Vineyard.
I've been a full-time, year-round, on-the-floor Oregon Pinot noir winemaker since 2000. My education includes a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Biology from Texas AM University. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with dual degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University and was admitted to the PhD program in Biochemistry.
Before completing the doctorate, I changed my path to pursue winemaking. I learned winemaking not from a classroom or textbooks or from other regions, but directly from Oregon winemakers who had put in some serious time. I was deeply influenced by my dear friend and former employer, the late David Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards. David was the ultimate iconoclast who pioneered the Oregon wine industry in the 1960’s.
My winemaking experience includes Torii Mor, Hamacher, and Eyrie, and ten years as winemaker at Scott Paul Wines (August 2005 to about mid-April 2015). Since then, I have happily worked for my own winery exclusively.