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Kelley Fox Wines

Owner(s) Kelley Fox, Gerson Stearns
Web site www.kelleyfoxwines.com
 
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Most winemakers dream of having their own eponymous label at some time in their career. Kelley Fox has been crafting wines in Oregon for over ten years including terms at Hamacher, The Eyrie Vineyards and Torii Mor, as well as New Zealand. Since 2005, she has been co-winemaker with Scott Wright at Scott Paul Wines, where she emulates the style of elegant Pinot Noir that her mentor at The Eyrie Vineyards, David Lett, taught her. As she notes on her website, “What I love most about Pinot is its transparency. I prefer authenticity and even grit to armchair idealism. Pinot does this. There is something so real about it, for the better or the worse.”

Fox graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in biochemistry and biophysics from Oregon State University. While pursuing a PhD in biochemistry, she turned to winemaking.

With the 2007 vintage, along with her father, Gerson Stearns, she launched Kelley Fox Wines. Two vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs from Momtazi Vineyard and Maresh Vineyard have already created a buzz among Pinot aficionados. A third Pinot Noir is called Mirabal.

The tiny production (100 to 600 cases annually) is made in Carlton and is available for tasting at the Emporium in downtown Carlton. Wednesday-Sunday. The wines are also sold through the winery's online store.

Reviewed Wines

2009 Kelley Fox Wines Maresh Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $39, screw cap. Grapes are sourced from a block of the Maresh Vineyard planted in 1970. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose makes you want to dive into the glass, offering hi-tone scents of fresh pie cherries, baking spice, graham and petrichor. Medium weight flavors of dark red cherries and raspberries with an oak sheen and a refreshing cut of citrus peel on the long finish. Soft, dreamy tannins and easy approachability, but displaying the balance to age. A feminine wine with curves. Very good. Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Kelley Fox Momtazi Vineyard McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $39, screw cap. Sourced from an 11-year-old block of 113 and 115 clones. Aged in 30% new French oak. · Scents of green olive, mulberry and pharmaceutical blow off over time to reveal subtle well-oaked fresh berry aromas with a hint of pine pitch. The wine really pumps out a panoply of berry flavors with a well-married oak component. Soft and demure, the wine is much better integrated with more pure fruit aromas and flavors the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Should blossom in a few years. Good. Reviewed December 14, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Kelley Fox Maresh Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $49, screw cap. From over 38-year-old non-irrigated Wädenswil vines. Aged in 30% new French oak. · Enticing and effusive aromas of spiced cherries, woodshed and evergreen. Very charming cherry, red currant and red plum fruit with hints of cola and brown spice. A loamy note adds character. Silky smooth with soft tannins and impeccable balance. Still a debutante and best to keep your hands off this one for a couple of years. Very Good. Reviewed December 14, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Kelley Fox Wines Momtazi Vineyard McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13% alc., 133 cases, $39, screw cap. Sourced from a 10-year-old block of Dijon 113 and 115 clones. Biodynamically-farmed vineyard. · Light garnet color in glass. Mineral-infused aromas of cherries with a whiff of iron, wet stone and funk. Discreetly composed core of earth-dusted dark red fruits, especially bright, juicy cherries. Moderate tannins with balancing acidity. Very good and recommended. Reviewed November 29, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Kelley Fox Wines Maresh Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13% alc., 69 cases, $49, screw cap. Sourced from self-rooted Wädenswil vines that are over 30 years old. Aged in 30% new French oak barrels. · Light garnet color in glass. Showy nose of strawberries and cherries with a hint of brown spice. Delicately composed, yet delivers plenty of pleasure. Delicate fruit core of strawberries and red cherries accented by spice, clove and graham, gossamer tannins, bright acidity, finishing with impressive aromatic persistence. A well perfumed Dundee Hills debutante that grabs your attention. Reviewed November 29, 2009 ARTICLE »