Kelley Fox Wines
Kelley Fox Wines is a small winery I created along with my father, Gerson Stearns. The first vintage was 2007, starting with just over 100 cases. The annual case production is now just shy of 2000 cases, all from the historic Maresh Vineyard and the Demeter-certified biodynamic Momtazi Vineyard (since the beginning). I learnt winemaking not from a classroom or textbooks, but directly from Oregon winemakers who had put in some serious time. I was deeply influenced by my dear friend and former employer, the late David Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards. David was the ultimate iconoclast who pioneered the Oregon wine industry in the 1960’s. My winemaking experience includes Torii Mor, Hamacher, and Eyrie, and ten years as winemaker at Scott Paul Wines (August 2005 to about mid-April 2015). I now happily work for my own winery exclusively. The Maresh and the Momtazi bottlings so far have been 100% free-run. The rest of my Maresh fruit has been coming from blocks Jim Maresh Sr. has personally farmed. The wines are pressed at dryness in a modern basket press through 2014 and a pneumatic press 2015 and beyond. Both the free-run and press wine are settled-separately-before barrelling down Malolactic fermentations to date have been spontaneous. Bottling is about 11 months post-picking and on biodynamicallyfavourable dates. Most often I don’t rack my wines once the barrels are filled at harvest until assemblage/bottling Zero new oak since 2012 and going forward. I pay a lot of attention to the moon and the planets and their alwayschanging relationships and energy throughout the year-not that I act on it that much in a way that can be articulated-mainly letting things flow with those things instead of trying to counter them My wines are deeply loved-I am not kidding-I wish I were,because it sounds so horribly canned/new age/crazy. Please understand that the way I do things does not imply that I am against my peers doing things differently or that it is “wrong” etc.