Fine Wine Source Wine

May 2019

Foxglove Wines: Foxglove is the value label from twin brothers Jim and Bob Varner. “The idea,” says Bob Varner, “is to be as simple as possible.” At the core of Foxglove is Bob Varner, also the winemaker at Varner Wines. Starting from their first vintage in 1991, Bob sources his Pinot & Chardonnay from a variety of places, all of which are in Edna Valley. The resulting wine has Central Coast appellation pricing, and is full of the 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.” Bob and Jim Varner are best known for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir they produce under the Varner label, but Foxglove has become one of the great value labels made in California. The Foxglove wines are selected from several sites located in the Central Coast and are made with the same care and dedication as the Varner wines. The warm climate and ocean influence create wines that burst with fruit but have plenty of vibrancy and freshness. The use of oak is minimal and the Chardonnay is non-malolactic. While Chardonnay is the best know varietal from Foxglove, the Cabernet and Zinfandel have slowly gained an equally strong following.

Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% Paso Robles, 20 year average age of vines. Sourced from the Northern area of Paso Robles, the vines are planted on rolling hills, with loam soils at 900-1,000 feet of elevation. The fruit is 100% destemmed, pressed at dryness, with malo-lactic fermentation completed after pressing.

Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 13.9%, 0.60 TA (Total Acidity) 3.75 pH, .05 RS (Residual Sugar)

Tasting Notes: From Antonio Galloni of Vinous: “A rush of super-ripe dark cherry, tobacco, licorice, and plum give the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon from Foxglove its racy personality. Voluptuous in the glass, with silky tannins and soft contours, it will be impossible to resist upon release. One of the best values in California Cabernet.”

Food Pairings: If you are looking for a great food pairing for Cabernet Sauvignon, you only have to look as far as the butcher’s counter where they have the red meats! With a young Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon it helps to have a nice char with a bit of spice to offset the semi-sweetness and tannins. Seasonings that tend to flatter cabernet are garlic, rosemary, mint, and porcini (dried mushrooms). Steaks, burgers, beef short ribs, roasted or grilled lamb will do the job!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: Big ripe and rich with concentrated flavors of cedar, boysenberry, and cherries with a long silky finish. Best served with anything from the barbeque grill.

Wine Club Member HOT Deal: 2014 Paul Hobb’s Cabernet Franc, Moon Mountain District-Sonoma County, CA. “Likely the best Cab Franc I have ever had from California; as good as or better than ones from Bordeaux.” Jim. Wine Club Member Price $49.99…a savings of $10!

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