Kelley Fox Wines
Kelley Fox Wines
After making wines for some well known producers over the last 2 decades, Kelley Fox is flyin' solo as of 2015, and increasing production modestly year by year, without giving up the wines' highly pedigreed sourcing. She utilizes only very high quality, exclusively organic fruit sources. Although she doesn't own these vineyards she is none the less very involved in the farming of her sections. Since these wines debuted a decade ago they have had consistently, uniformly high praise. The most recent being from the Dec. 2016 Vinous Article; "Anyone who avers that New World Pinot cannot match Burgundy for finesse and complexity has clearly never tried anything from this small, impressively consistent producer" and "As approachable as Fox’s wines are soon after release, they have the balance to age and, as a bonus, they deliver exceptional value for their quality." Quietly and slowly Kelley has gone from a tiny upstart as a side project to her "Day Job" to one of OR's "Blue Chip" producers.
Maresh Vineyard Pinot Gris, 2019 (The "Rosé"): Produced from self-rooted vines planted in 1991 at the historic Maresh Vineyard, the 2019 Pinot gris was 100% destemmed and fermented in three 1.5 ton "macrobin" (food-grade plastic) fermentors. One pigeage (foot-treading) happened each day. About 20 days of skin contact occurred before the wine was pressed at dryness. Élevage was in a uterine-shaped concrete amphora tank and some neutral 228 liter Burgundy barrels from tight-grained French forests. The Maresh Pinot Gris is dry and ML-complete with a final pH of 3.4.It has a beautiful deep pink/blue-toned fuchsia colour and has far more complexity in the nose (spicy floral notes like natural carnations, strawberries, and some exotic notes I can't articulate) and mouth than ordinary white Pinot gris/Pinot grigio. It has more structure and power than the white, but drinks more like a rosé than a Pinot. It has a fine, silken texture, and a slightly spicy finish and has delicious pink energy.
Appellation: Dundee Hills A.V.A. Picking Dates: 25 September and 1 October 2019 Élevage: after primary fermentation in three small fermentors, racked to a concrete amphora tank and to neutral French oak barrels. In this amphora tank and the barrels until bottling. Bottling Date: 17 March 2020 Alcohol: 12.5 % Cases Produced: 258
Kelley Fox Wines Nerthus, 2019: I’m very happy to offer you this lovely skin-contact white wine made of 40% old vine Early Muscat and 60% Grüner veltliner. The destemmed fruit from both vineyards was fermented in 1.5-ton open top fermenters with one pigeage a day. The Muscat was pressed at dryness (about twelve days) while the Grüner was pressed into the tank of Muscat after about six days of skincontact to complete its fermention. The Nerthus was allowed to complete malolactic fermentation. Élevage was in a stainless tank until bottling. It is bone-dry and very clean and fresh. The Nerthus is transparent to the point of brilliance, and its colour is youthful, shimmering gold. The nose is full of minerals, stone fruits (apricot/peach), and has this incredibly fresh smell that reminds me of the ozone in the air after a huge thunderstorm. Unlike the nose, the mouth is more Grüner-like than Muscat-like, but still, there are hints of tangerine and stone fruit. And like a Grüner, this wine will need a little time to take on its body and weight (though it will never become heavy or cloying). The finish is consistent with the mouth with maybe some spice. It is fresh and clean (in a good, not-at-all sterile way), and is a wine that I hope evokes an alpine white full of early spring life emerging from the snow-melt.
Appellation: Willamette Valley A.V.A. Picking Dates: Early Muscat (vines planted in 1982 at Eola Springs Vineyard): 23 September.Grüner veltliner (Chehalem Mountain Vineyard): 1 October Élevage: 7 months in stainless tank Bottling Date: 28 May 2020 Alcohol: 12.5 % Cases Produced: 290 cases
In addition to the wines being simply wonderful, Kelley has come to be a close personal friend; I encourage you to both purchase these wines this week AND just POP ONE OPEN...super cellar-worthy, for sure...but, treat yourself this week to a tasty bottle of wine.