Fox Restaurant Concepts will unveil Fox Block Nine – a versatile 2012 pinot noir and the ninth varietal under the restaurant group’s exclusive Fox Block label – with a special complimentary pre-launch tasting event on Thursday, May 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Olive + Ivy Marketplace in Scottsdale. Fox Restaurant Concepts’ sommelier and vice president of Beverage Regan Jasper crafted Fox Block Nine in collaboration with Chad and Ron Melville, owners of Melville Vineyards and Winery (Santa Barbara County, Calif.).
In addition to being among the first to sample Fox Block Nine, guests are invited to mingle with Jasper and Chad Melville, and try Fox Block Eight, a 2010 pinot noir in which Jasper crafted in partnership with Misha’s Vineyard (Central Otago, New Zealand). Both varietals will be available for purchase at the event, presenting a one-time opportunity for the public to purchase Fix Block Nine before it officially launches in Arizona this summer.
Keeping with the common thread of the pinot noir, Fox Block Nine showcases a lighter and more feminine style of pinot noir with a pure fruit core including hints of floral, raspberry and cherry. The flavors follow to a pop of new oak and a light texture in the finish.
According to Jasper, “Fox Block Nine lends itself well to food. It pairs beautifully with lightly seasoned grilled Ahi tuna, duck or salmon; game such as boar, pork, sausage or lamb; or even a simple slice of pizza.”
The Fox Block wine program began modestly, producing just 140 cases in its launch year. The bottles sold out quickly, so Jasper knew he was on to something. Since then, Fox Restaurant Concepts has produced nine different batches of pinot noir that each showcase flavors as unique as the partnership that inspired their development. Jasper has partnered with vintners throughout California, Oregon and, last year, New Zealand.
Sold at $58 a bottle or $15 a glass, Fox Block Nine will be available at all full-service Fox Restaurant Concepts locations in Arizona, and available for retail purchase at Olive & Ivy in Scottsdale, Ariz. beginning in July 2014.
Olive & Ivy Restaurant + Marketplace is located at the Scottsdale Waterfront: 7135 E Camelback Rd., Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-751-2200. For additional restaurant locations and phone numbers, visit www.foxrc.com.