There's something transformative about Foxen's winemaking. This smells of smoldering clove cigarettes, set against concentrated pomegranate and cranberry juice. The flavor follow an impressive arc, with Bing and sour cherry sliding into savory Italian herbs. It ends with a tongue-tickling wash of light yet coating tannins and bright acidity.
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A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.