KitFox Vineyards is owned by a fourth-generation winery owner located in Salado Creek, between Modesto and San Jose. Their 44 acres consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Viognier.
KitFox Vineyard's winemaker, Mike Loykasek, has an impressive resume including a Sonoma County Winemaker of the Year award.
The vineyards are owned by the Vogel family, whose ownership goes back 100 years. They also farm almond and walnut orchards. There is no winery. So, they must contract with a custom crush facility nearby to make the wine. This obviously saves a lot of money.
Cabernet Sauvignon is KitFox Vineyards' prize, making up three-quarters of their vines. They are one of only three vineyards in Salado Creek, so it's no wonder they take it seriously.
The grapes for our selection, however, come from their contracted vineyard in Paso Robles. It was the only vineyard they deemed at the same level as their own in Salado Creek.
This is a massive wine, billowing with extracted fruit, earth, licorice and leather, all held in place by the powerful tannic structure. Yet, it still finishes with grace and charm.