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Fox Hill Vineyard Cortese

9.090 ratings
9.036 pro ratings
Mendocino, North Coast, California, USA
Cortese
Top Notes For
Marc Stubblefield

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

9.2

Is this the best Cortese in the world? Who knows, but it certainly speaks with its own idiosyncratic voice. Rich, honeyed, pear - broad on the palate but with acidity to spare. And somehow, this isn't Chenin. But it is from Mendocino. And it is deeeeeeeee-licious.

Is this the best Cortese in the world? Who knows, but it certainly speaks with its own idiosyncratic voice. Rich, honeyed, pear - broad on the palate but with acidity to spare. And somehow, this isn't Chenin. But it is from Mendocino. And it is deeeeeeeee-licious.

Dec 16th, 2017
Lindsay Huntsman

General Manager/Wine Buyer Glen Ellen Star

9.6

Honey Asian pear bruised apple. Slightly oxidized. Reminds me of older Chenin. Definite yes.

Honey Asian pear bruised apple. Slightly oxidized. Reminds me of older Chenin. Definite yes.

1 person found it helpfulSep 23rd, 2014
Levi Glenn

Golden and richer than expected. More brightness would be appreciated. Nice juicy mid with some nice nutty character. Worked well on its own, but not that well with the live uni. Don't have very much experience with the variety.

Golden and richer than expected. More brightness would be appreciated. Nice juicy mid with some nice nutty character. Worked well on its own, but not that well with the live uni. Don't have very much experience with the variety.

Aug 14th, 2016
Harumph Wines

Owner Harumph Wines

8.6

Faint caramel coated green apple, a bit of golden raisin, fresh clean finish with great balanced acidity

Faint caramel coated green apple, a bit of golden raisin, fresh clean finish with great balanced acidity

Dec 2nd, 2015
Stephanie Losee

What a surprise--keeps evolving. Serious honey, but with acid. I want a case.

What a surprise--keeps evolving. Serious honey, but with acid. I want a case.

Nov 25th, 2015
Marc Stubblefield

Wine Sales at Vino Carta and Kogod Wine Merchant

9.0

Surprising weight and texture, partial skin fermentation, partial direct press. Geeky wine more than a crowd pleaser, and really needs food. I dig it. #kogodwinemerchant

Surprising weight and texture, partial skin fermentation, partial direct press. Geeky wine more than a crowd pleaser, and really needs food. I dig it. #kogodwinemerchant

Nov 17th, 2015
Robin Gerber

Partner Spotlight Brands

9.3

Another super cool white from Idlewild! Sam, how do you do it?!

Another super cool white from Idlewild! Sam, how do you do it?!

May 22nd, 2015
Rachel Portell

Post Women of the Vine wine. Intriguing wine with multiple layers that continue to evolve in the glass.

Post Women of the Vine wine. Intriguing wine with multiple layers that continue to evolve in the glass.

Mar 15th, 2015
Christopher Losa

Owner/Wine Director Bar Bambino

8.9

Weighty and rich with pear, jasmine, and bruised apple. I think I wanted a bit more classic tartness and green apple, but that's just a style thing.

Weighty and rich with pear, jasmine, and bruised apple. I think I wanted a bit more classic tartness and green apple, but that's just a style thing.

Jan 21st, 2015
Amy Lieberfarb

A bright yellow color...pretty. Apples and baking spices, a little honey with soft citrus flavors. Aged for 2 weeks with skin on... The Winemaker was passionate. ..and that's an understatement. I was much impressed with his enthusiasm for what goes in the bottle. Try their Barbera too.

A bright yellow color...pretty. Apples and baking spices, a little honey with soft citrus flavors. Aged for 2 weeks with skin on... The Winemaker was passionate. ..and that's an understatement. I was much impressed with his enthusiasm for what goes in the bottle. Try their Barbera too.

Jan 8th, 2015