2015 Ambush

2015 Ambush

One of our elite and highly sought after wines, Ambush is a beautiful, yet bold blend that is a top barrel selection from all of the red varieties planted at the Fox Family Vineyard -Grenache, Syrah, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. 

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  This is a top barrel selection blend from all of the red varieties planted at the Fox Family Vineyard (Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel).  The vineyard is densely planted, organically grown and farmed entirely by hand in the hills of Los Olivos.  The steep slopes and rocky/shale soils lead to very light yields in the 2-2.75 tons/acre range with extraordinary concentration and purity of fruit.  My goal is to create an Estate Blend which demonstrates the best of which this vineyard has to offer. These grapes are hand harvested, hand sorted, mostly destemmed without being crushed, leaving approximately 90% whole berries and 10% whole-cluster. The musts were cold-soaked for 3-5 days, with the addition of dry-ice, prior to inoculation and punched down by hand one to three times per day until fermentation was complete.  The free run juice was drained off and the remaining must was basket pressed and settled before being racked to French oak barrels for aging.  This wine was aged in barrel for an additional twenty-six months prior to being racked from barrel, blended and bottled in late January of 2018. Jeb Dunnuck, formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate,  described this wine as, “a blend of 64% Grenache, 17% Syrah, 14% Petite Sirah, and the rest Zinfandel. It has a ripe, upfront bouquet of blackberries, spicy herbs, licorice, and earth. Forward, beautifully textured, and ready to go, drink this pleasure-bent beauty over the coming 5-7 years.”

78 cases produced

The 2015 Ambush, Fox Family Vineyard is racy and polished, with terrific purity in its flavors and fabulous balance. Silky, flamboyant and nicely proportioned, the 2015 has a lot to offer. -- Antonio Galloni / 93 Points


Wine Specs

Vintage 2015
Varietal Red Blend
Appellation Santa Barbara County

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