Paso Robles, California
Wine Advocate 90 points! Vinous 89 points! (on the 2015 vintage)
Foxglove Zinfandel is a superb red wine gem from the Paso Robles region of California. At the core of Foxglove is Bob Varner, also the winemaker at Varner Wines. Beginning with their first vintage in 1991, Bob sources the wine from a variety of places, all of which are in Edna Valley. The resulting wine has Central Coast appellation pricing, and is full of complex fruit flavors that the Edna Valley appellation is known for. Edna Valley, a relatively small appellation, grows mostly Chardonnay on about 1000 acres. The entire acreage is tightly controlled by a few owners employing the most up-to-date vineyard practices that give the valley impressive evenness. Located just south of San Luis Obispo, its vineyards are some of California's closest to the Pacific Ocean. Mild winters, cool, foggy summer, and clay-loam soils produce a combination of flavors that have been described as "textbook Central Coast."
Foxglove Zinfandel is 98% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah, and 100% Paso Robles fruit. It offers brambly, ripe Zinfandel fruit and spice in a fresh package. Aged in 6% oak, 94% Stainless Steel. The use of stainless on the Foxglove Zin keeps the ripe fruit from being too dark. With a slight chill this is an excellent BBQ wine!
Enjoy Foxglove Zinfandel over the next 5-6 years with BBQ, grilled steaks, Thanksgiving fare, and aged cheeses.