Kelley Fox Wines is a small winery started by Kelley Fox along with her father, Gerson "Gus" Stearns. Momtazi Vineyard is a Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyard in the McMinnville Foothills A.V. A. (American Viticultural Appellation). Moe Momtazi's wild turkeys are just one example of how very alive and vibrant this vineyard is. Life is everywhere here: wildcats, bats, falcons, herons, egrets, loons, ducks, trout, and much more. A number of springs surface throughout the vineyard land, one of which is the source of water for this beautiful winery. Kelley is a dedicated, enthusiastic and experienced winemaker and has been making wine since 2000.
"The wines are made to reflect the land, the vines, the fruit of the vines, the year, and everything else unknown and unseen that comes with those things. That said, the wines are not really "made" at all. I have no end result in mind each year for the what the wines will be. I am not Pygmalion. What I am doing-and it still takes a lot of inner and outer work- is responding to the essence of the fruit from each block, which I hope is carrying the essence of the earth that bore it, along with the details of the year ( the weather, the stars and the planets, etc. etc.)."
If you like Nuits Saint Georges, you might like this one. The 2014 Momtazi has a very youthful, clear, medium-to-medium deep red with fuschia tones. The appearance in the glass is shining, brilliant, and full of movement. As always with the Momtazi, the nose of the 2014 is full of minerals and has a certain brine with the fragrance of exotic flowers and wild berries. It is concentrated without weight. It is powerful without a hint of bulk. The mouth has an excellent frame and acidity that is typical of this biodynamic vineyard so steep and rock-filled: not a soft, pillowy Pinot. If Kelley were to choose the elemental character of this wine, it would be fire. It feels utterly alive and finishes long. This has serious time before it.