2018 Ambush

2018 Ambush

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"Based on 56% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Petite Sirah, and the rest Zinfandel, the 2018 The Ambush Fox Family Vineyard reveals a medium ruby/purple color to go with notes of kirsch, peppery herbs, bouquet garni, and herbes de Provence. This layered, medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured beauty o!ers rocking levels of fruit and texture, no hard edges, and a great finish. Drink this pleasure-bent, gorgeous Rhône-like blend over the coming 7-8 years."  ∼ Jeb Dunnuck


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“Opulent, heady Grenache-based blend packs a serious punch. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and spice all race out of the glass. This is a terrific example of Blair Fox's style. There is plenty of sumptuous fruit, and a good deal of structure, too.”  - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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Vineyards and Composition: 100% Fox Family Vineyard - 56% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Petite Sirah, and 4% Zinfandel

Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Twenty-two months in four year old 500L French oak puncheon (T. Mercurey) and French oak barrels.

Winemaking:   This is a top barrel selection blend from all 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 2.5-3.2 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 15% whole-cluster. The musts were cold-soaked for 4-6 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 wine was drained off and the remaining must was basket pressed and settled before being racked to French oak puncheon and barrels for aging.  This wine was aged in barrel for an additional twenty-two months prior to being racked from barrel, blended, and bottled in late August of 2020. 

Production:  87 cases made

Bottle Aging:  Ages beautifully for up to 7-8 years

Regular Price: $75 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $60 per bottle

Wine Specs

Vintage 2018
Varietal Red Blend
Appellation Santa Barbara County

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