Foxen is named in memory of William Benjamin Foxen, an English sea captain and our co-founder Dick Doré's great-great-grandfather, who came to Santa Barbara in the early 1800s. In 1837 this Santa Barbara County pioneer purchased Rancho Tinaquaic, a Mexican land grant that originally totaled nearly 9,000 acres and comprised most of what is now known as Foxen Canyon. Captain Foxen adopted the distinctice "anchor" as his ranch cattle brand, and the winery has adopted it as our trademarked brand. It is very fitting that Foxen has made its home on the 2,000-acre Rancho Tinaquaic, which remains in family hands.
Ernesto Wickenden Vineyard was planted in 1966. Aged in all neutral Acacia and French oak puncheons, it displays a medium lemon-gold core with a silvery rim in the glass. Notes of ripe apple, green pear, jasmine flower, and dried tropical fruit are everpresent. Intense acidity, a medium-bodied mouthfeel, and a lovely lanolin-tinted finish complete the wine.