Morning fog in the Momtazi Vineyard (courtesy kelleyfoxwines.com)

Kelley Fox: Wines of Ethereal Aromatic Splendor

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In introductory wine classes it is common to hear the assertion that Oregon Pinot Noir is darker, denser, and earthier than Pinot Noir from California. The wines of Kelley Fox go against this grain by being extraordinarily light, ethereal, with a limpid, crystalline structure and incredible, pinpoint precision. Kelley is one of the most conscientious practitioners of her craft anywhere in the world.  Today we have a few different Pinots, all sourced from single sites, and all paragons of in-depth winemaking acumen.

These wines are all handmade, and production is very small. Kelley works almost entirely by herself, bringing others in only at times like bottling or pruning, and each of her wines has been lovingly crafted. The wines we offer today are all sourced from one of three different extraordinary vineyard sites. Our first wine, the 2017 Freedom Hill Pinot Blanc, comes from the single-family-owned Freedom Hill Vineyard, planted in 1982 in the Eola Hills (though just outside the lines of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA). The vineyard has Bellpine soils, a marine sediment that is free-draining. This is a bright and fresh Pinot Blanc that has a ton of fresh energy and fine aromatic power.

Next we have the 2017 Ahurani McMinnville Pinot Noir. This Pinot is sourced from the Momtazi vineyard, a Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyard that is acknowledged as one of the finest sites in Oregon. Situated right at the mouth of the Van Duzer corridor, a break in Oregon's coastal range that lets cold air into the valley from the Pacific. This is a beautiful, aromatic, structured wine with great linear precision and a nice wild, woodland character. We also have the 2017 Mirabai Pinot Noir, sourced from the Maresh Vineyard, planted by Jim and Loie Maresh in 1970, which is one of the most famous sites in the Willamette Valley. Located in the Dundee Hills AVA, the Maresh vineyard is made up of pure Jory soils, a volcanic, free-draining, exceptionally deep iron-rich soil series that is excellent for viticulture. The Maresh family farm in which the vineyard sits includes cherry trees, walnut trees, and hazelnut trees. Lastly, we have the 2015 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir, sourced from the aforementioned Momtazi Vineyard. This is darker in character, lush, but with the aromatic power and complexity I think of as being a hallmark of Kelley's style.

We are very excited to announce that Kelley will be in the store tasting all these wines tomorrow aka February 20th, at 5PM. Come on by to experience one of America's most dynamic and visionary producers!     -  Andrew Farquhar

Kelley Fox 2017 Willamette Valley Mirabai Pinot Noir

Named in honor of a 15th century priestess and poet from Rajasthan, this wine is truly a transcendent poetic experience. The grapes are sourced from the Maresh vineyard, one of the oldest and most respected vineyards in Willamette Valley. As with all the 2017s, the nose has grand aromatic power, with elegant notes of crushed strawberry and spice attenuated into an elegant whole. Fermented spontaneously in used French oak barrels. This wine has a lot of structure, and will age for up to 10 years in the cellar. Well-knit, silken tannins give a bigger structure to this wine than its color would portend, and will allow it to stand up to braised meats, coq au vin, or saucisson sec. A little smoky tension tells the secret of its volcanic soils. 662 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
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Kelley Fox 2017 Willamette Valley Freedom Hill Pinot Blanc

This Pinot Blanc from the Freedom Hill Vineyard  is one of the better Pinot Blancs I've tasted coming from the Willamette Valley. Whole-cluster pressed after picking and fermented spontaneously in neutral Burgundy barrels, this wine has a fascinating richness that somehow does not translate into weight. Subtle floral aromatics coalesce into fine citric character on the palate. Serve as an apéritif, with lemon chicken, or moules frites. 324 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Low Sulfur

Kelley Fox 2017 Willamette Valley Ahurani McMinnville Pinot Noir

Sourced from the biodynamic-certified Momtazi Vineyard, the Ahurani Pinot Noir is named after a water goddess from ancient Persia. Moe Momtazi, the owner of the Momtazi vineyard, is Iranian-American, having moved to the US from Iran in 1982. The Momtazi vineyard is a full biodynamic site, with livestock, medicinal herbs, orchards, and reservoirs. There are many springs on the site, providing all the water needs of the winery directly from the earth. This is a wonderfully intriguing wine, with fine cranberry fruit and a piney, underbrush character on the nose. Light and ethereal, but with rigid structure that portends long improvement in bottle. Andrew Farquhar

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Kelley Fox 2015 Willamette Valley Momtazi Pinot Noir

This is the bigger and more powerful offering from the Momtazi Vineyard, certified biodynamic. From some of the finest single blocks of the vineyard, this is denser and darker, though still crystalline. Blue fruits and dark spicy character on the nose transmute into gentle, husky, undergrowth patterns on the palate. Dense but somehow cozy as well, this wine has a wonderfully poised character, not too wild, but neither tame. Big enough to be had with braised lamb, or beef stew, but also a numinous metaphysical experience on its own. 410 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur