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2020 Kelley Fox Blanc: Willamette Valley, Oregon


Tasting Notes

This Willamette Blanc pours a brilliantly transparent, very light rose-gold color in the glass. It's very pretty and highly quaffable. This wine is actually a blanc de noir, not a rosé! What is a blanc de noir you ask? It's a blend between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The nose smells of fresh oceanic air, sweet rain and minerals. It boasts soft touches of citrus, flower blossoms, and fresh strawberries. A beautifully made wine that is totally delicious! 

Winery Details

“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.” – Kelly Fox

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: Kelly Fox Wines

Grape(s): 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay

Style: White, dry

Origin: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

Vinification: Organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farming practices. The grapes are hand harvested, pressed and spontaneously fermented. The pinot noir is fermented in stainless steel tanks and the chardonnay is fermented in neutral French oak barrels. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation naturally. No additives. Vegan.

Aging: Aged in stainless and neutral French oak barrels for 6 month for each varietal.

% ABV: 12.5%