TN: 2016 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Star of Bethlehem Flower Block

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#1 Post by Dale McClaran » January 13th, 2019, 2:16 pm

  • 2016 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Star of Bethlehem Flower Block - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills (1/13/2019)
    Decanted 6 hrs. Pure, clean, delicate, and lovely came to mind in describing the bouquet, all wrapped in wild strawberry shell. Decieptivley light and lithe on the palate, spices are added to strawberry profile, and the way this gained weight and traction in the glass with a perfectly paired double cut pork chop and wild mushroom risotto was remarkable. Loaded with potential, but drinking so well already. My first Kelley Fox Pinot. I’m a believer. (94 pts.)
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#2 Post by M Passo » January 13th, 2019, 2:56 pm

I had I believe the 2015 at the winery and it was 100% whole cluster which gave it an appearance of lightness but tons of spice and material to age. I bought a couple and will try in a year or two. And of course Kelley is a force of her own. Mike
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#3 Post by crickey » January 13th, 2019, 3:15 pm

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#4 Post by Scott Tallman » January 13th, 2019, 4:26 pm

Great note. Have yet to crack any of the Maresh “block” bottlings, but greatly enjoyed the ones I’ve tasted at the winery.

Had her 2010 Maresh for NYE and it was in the zone with plenty of life left. Love drinking Kelley’s Pinots.
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#5 Post by Brandon R » January 14th, 2019, 9:24 am

Really glad to read this TN, Dale. I bought two of these without having tasted a KF wine based on discussions here. They're on my must-visit next time I trek down to the Willamette Valley.
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#6 Post by Jared Wagner » February 5th, 2019, 11:39 am

I drank this wine with Dale and here is my note...

Decanted a full six hours. Super excited to give my first Kelley Fox pinot a go (blown away by the 17 Freedom Hill PB) and in the immortal words of Robin, "Holy F#ck, Batman!" The first smell was such a blast of wild strawberry that it was akin to someone waking me up from a nap tickling my nose by dangling fresh wild strawberries in front of my face. That was followed by a nice bouquet of violets and cherry. Palate was lean and taut, coiled like a cobra ready to pounce on your taste buds. The finish was filled with spices, chalk, and an intense yet pure dose of strawberry. Water cooler wine. 95pts.

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#7 Post by Scott Tallman » February 5th, 2019, 11:55 am

Jared Wagner wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 11:39 am
I drank this wine with Dale and here is my note...

Decanted a full six hours. Super excited to give my first Kelley Fox pinot a go (blown away by the 17 Freedom Hill PB) and in the immortal words of Robin, "Holy F#ck, Batman!" The first smell was such a blast of wild strawberry that it was akin to someone waking me up from a nap tickling my nose by dangling fresh wild strawberries in front of my face. That was followed by a nice bouquet of violets and cherry. Palate was lean and taut, coiled like a cobra ready to pounce on your taste buds. The finish was filled with spices, chalk, and an intense yet pure dose of strawberry. Water cooler wine. 95pts.
For Kelley’s wines, especially those on the younger side, decanting like Jared and Dale did is key to unlocking all they have to offer.

When I first tasted her wines with her in PDX, she brought a few different bottles that were of the most recent vintage (2013) that had been opened earlier in the day. They blew me away like it sounds they did for Jared and Dale. As she was kind enough to gift me the remaining wine in the bottles, the wines continued to sing for the next 24 hours.

When I later did a pop n pour on one of her younger PNs, I thought it was really good, but not the same as the bottles I had with her. Ever since, I always decant for a few hours and the wines are much better for it.
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#8 Post by Ian H » February 5th, 2019, 1:08 pm

This is a very interesting thread and I think instructive for me.

Last year I tasted the 2015 Maresh Star of Bethlehem with her and it blew me away. Just amazing. I bought four bottles and they shipped them across the country for me.

I tried one not long after returning from that trip. Pop n pour. Wasn't the same wine I tasted a week prior. Wasn't flawed, just flat and off. That bottle lasted to night 3, stored in fridge vacuum sealed on nights 1 and 2. By night 3 it was prime time, almost as good as the one I tasted in Oregon.

Sounds like these just might need air if consumed on younger side.
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#9 Post by Dale McClaran » February 5th, 2019, 5:32 pm

Thanks for the replies Scott & Ian and Jared, thanks for formally gracing us with your impressions though since we have been yapping about how good this was, comes as no surprise.

In my experience, (which pales in comparison to many on this board) you really can't over air young, high end pinot. Unlike say decanting young Nebbiolo based wines which can be as slippery as wrestling an eel.
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#10 Post by Jared Wagner » February 6th, 2019, 9:59 am

Scott Tallman wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 11:55 am
Jared Wagner wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 11:39 am
I drank this wine with Dale and here is my note...

Decanted a full six hours. Super excited to give my first Kelley Fox pinot a go (blown away by the 17 Freedom Hill PB) and in the immortal words of Robin, "Holy F#ck, Batman!" The first smell was such a blast of wild strawberry that it was akin to someone waking me up from a nap tickling my nose by dangling fresh wild strawberries in front of my face. That was followed by a nice bouquet of violets and cherry. Palate was lean and taut, coiled like a cobra ready to pounce on your taste buds. The finish was filled with spices, chalk, and an intense yet pure dose of strawberry. Water cooler wine. 95pts.
For Kelley’s wines, especially those on the younger side, decanting like Jared and Dale did is key to unlocking all they have to offer.

When I first tasted her wines with her in PDX, she brought a few different bottles that were of the most recent vintage (2013) that had been opened earlier in the day. They blew me away like it sounds they did for Jared and Dale. As she was kind enough to gift me the remaining wine in the bottles, the wines continued to sing for the next 24 hours.

When I later did a pop n pour on one of her younger PNs, I thought it was really good, but not the same as the bottles I had with her. Ever since, I always decant for a few hours and the wines are much better for it.
Scott,

Sincerely appreciate the advice regarding the amount of air these need. I'm a neophyte when it comes to Oregon pinot and specifically, Kelley Fox. Can't wait to drink some more!

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