Some of the write-ups about my wines:

View From The Cellar
By John Gilman (January-February 2019 - Issue Seventy-Nine)

2017 Barbie Pinot Blanc-Kelley Fox Wines (Eola-Amity Hills): Kelley Fox has made this bottling in memory of her mother, Barbara, who passed away in this vintage.The grapes were sourced from the Freedom Hill Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills appellation, and Kelley fermented them in a single, older Acacia wood puncheon.This is an outstanding wine and may well be the finest example of this varietal I have ever tasted. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a complex blend of white peach, apple, almond, lovely, salty soil tones, orange blossoms and a distinct, but discreet framing of Acacia wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and nicely snappy with an excellent core of fruit, beautiful soil signature and a long, complex and zesty finish. This is a stunning bottle of Pinot blanc that will age effortlessly for many, many years.2019-2035+ 94.

2016 Pinot Noir “Maresh Vineyard”- Kelley Fox Wines (Dundee Hills): Kelley Fox’s 2016 Maresh Vineyard bottling of Pinot comes in at an even thirteen percent octane and is a beautifully refined and nascently complex wine in the making. The bouquet offers up an elegant aromatic constellation of red and black cherries, pomegranate, a touch of lavender, gently savory elements, green tea, a superb base of soil, raw cocoa... On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely intensity of flavor, excellent balance and grip, suave, seamless tannins, and a long, tangy and vibrant finish.This is an absolutely beautiful wine in the making, and though it is very easy to drink today, it will be borderline criminal to start drinking this before it has had at least five to six years in the cellar. 2025-2060.93+.

Oregon Pushes the Quality Needle for Pinot
By Josh Raynolds (January 2018) | View The Scores

"All of the 2015s here were made with whole clusters and it shows clearly in the wines’ expressive, spice- and floral-dominated bouquets. Fox is a big proponent of neutral oak barrels as she thinks that as sexy as new wood can be with Pinot “it’s just not a set of aromas and flavors that I want on my wines,” she said. After our tasting Kelley opened bottles of her 2011 and 2007 Momtazi, both wines from cooler vintages, to contrast them with the hot-vintage 2015s and 2014s. They are both in fine form, by the way, with more room for aging but I think that the 2007 is on its drinking plateau now and the 2011 should be in prime time in just a few more years. As my scores, here, and in recent vintages suggest I consider this small producer’s graceful, finely etched Pinots to be among the very best being made in the New World and, for their quality, pricing is a gift." 

"Wine Enthusiast"-Reviewed by Paul Gregutt (February 2018):

Kelley Fox Wines Maresh Vineyard 2015: 95 POINTS  Editors’ Choice: "In this vintage, Kelley Fox produced three different Pinots sourced from the Maresh Vineyard. This one is graceful and elegant, showing both old vine gravitas and delicate sensibility. It leads with a complex, smooth and penetrating mix of strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavors and follows with grapefruit, orange peel and cumin hints, which round out its lovely tannins. It even drinks beautifully two days after being opened and should age well."

Oregon Pinot Noir: The Exceptional 2014s and Often Surprising 2013s
By Josh Raynolds in Vinous (December 2016)
"Anyone who avers that New World Pinot cannot match Burgundy for finesse and complexity has clearly never tried anything from this small, impressively consistent producer. Kelley Fox cut her winemaking teeth at Eyrie (and that influence shows very clearly in the wines she produces under her own name), followed by a 10-year stint (2005 to 2015) as winemaker at Scott Paul. She launched her own winery in 2007 and now produces around 2,000 cases a year of lithe, mineral-driven and strikingly pure Pinots from two of the Willamette Valley’s most highly regarded and meticulously farmed vineyards, Maresh and Momtazi. Native yeasts are used for all of the wines, and anywhere from a third to three-quarters whole clusters have been used since the beginning, but as of the 2015 vintage Fox will be using all whole bunches. She started out by using about one-third new oak for her first three vintages, used a bit for 2010 and 2011 and now uses none at all because she wants her wines “to be as pure and unadorned as possible, and oak can get in the way.” As approachable as Fox’s wines are soon after release, they have the balance to age and, as a bonus, they deliver exceptional value for their quality."

The Cellar Table's 2017 Top Pinot Noir: 2014 Kelley Fox Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Red Barn Blocks
"To be fair, I left top-shelf Burgundy out to arrive at my top Pinot Noir of the year, and I’m glad that I did, because the wine I picked is one that I believe every Pinot lover should get to know. We watch as Oregon’s potential is only starting to be realized. Producers from around the world are staking their claims here, and the old guard is finally looking more to terroir. Among the new wave of producers, we find Kelley Fox. Kelley is an infectiously passionate winemaker who believes in creating the most natural product possible. The results are wines that truly speak of terroir first–and her vineyard sources are speaking loud and clear. The entire portfolio is fantastic, but the Red Barn Blocks really stole my heart.

2014 Kelley Fox Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Red Barn Blocks – The Kelley Fox Red Barn Blocks displayed a bouquet of mineral-infused cherry, with herbal hints of mint and sage, black pepper, and dusty dried flowers. On the palate, I found soft, caressing textures–much lighter than velvet, yet just as soft–with ripe black cherry, raspberry, plum, hints of subtle spice and brisk, energizing acidity. It finished fresh, floral and almost mouthwatering with lingering ripe red fruits. This is so pure and a completely honest wine with tons character. (95 points) "

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk with Kelley Fox
By Eric Guido of Morrel Wine Bar & Café, March 2017
"Purity is the word that comes to mind with each sniff or sip from the glass. These are remarkably pretty wines with a depth that is unmatched by most. While the house specialties of Maresh and Momtazi vineyards continue to define the style, Kelley also crafts a second wine from both, which allows us to experience each terroir at a price that is incredibly fair in today’s market of Pinot Noir. Ahurani shows the earth, power and minerality of the McMinnville Foothills Momtazi, while Mirabai displays the elegance and depth of fruit found in the Dundee Hills Maresh.

That said, experimentation continues at Kelley Fox, with talk of an amphora-aged Pinot Gris and the further development of individual blocks within each of her vineyards. It’s an exciting time for her and for us, because these are very special wines at a relatively affordable cost.

My only fear is that, as word gets out, will we be able to find the Kelley Fox wines that we’ve fallen in love with? Only time will tell."

'Volcanic Wines - Salt, Grit and Power'
By John Szabo, MS
"Kelley Fox makes tiny amounts of outstanding wines from volcanic soils. Summed up by soaring grace and transparency. Fox approaches winemaking with an unusual degree of sensitivity. Grapes are purchased from select organically/biodynamically farmed vineyards, though she is regularly spotted working in the vines. Maresh Vineyard (pronounced 'Marsh') own-rooted, old-vine Pinot Noir is supremely delicate. Momtazi Pinot Noir more taut, edgy and intense with exotic spice. 'It's like an animal that crouches in the dark and stares at you,' Fox offers."

2014 Kelley Fox Wines Maresh Vineyard Red Barn Blocks Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)
Review by Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast
Rate: 95
"From a selection of the original vines at this heritage vineyard, which was planted in the early 1970s, this is densely layered with strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit. Details are well-integrated, bringing light notes of toasted coconut and caramel. The texture and mouthfeel express the little extras that old vines, when handled properly, can deliver."

2012 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard
Review by Josh Raynolds (October 2015)
Rate: 93
"Vivid red. Sharply focused, spice- and mineral-laced red fruits and fresh flowers on the expressive nose. Vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are underscored by a smoky mineral quality that adds back-end lift and cut. Turns sweeter and broader on the finish, showing outstanding clarity and very subtle, harmonious tannins that fade smoothly into the wine's energetic fruit."

2012 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard
Review by Josh Raynolds (October 2015)
Rate: 93
"Brilliant red. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red and dark berries, Asian spices and rose oil, with a smoky mineral nuance emerging as the wine opens in the glass. Juicy, focused and light on its feet, offering intense raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that deepen on the back half. Delivers a deft blend of power and finesse and finishes very long and juicy, with fine-grained tannins shaping the wine's sappy fruit."

2013 Kelley Fox Wines Willamette Valley Mirabai Pinot Noir
Review by John Rankin, Chambers Street Wines, New York
"We try a lot of wine. Most of it good, every now and then bad, but seldom do we taste something that transcends what we expect from a region. We had that sort of  transcendental experience when Kelley Fox first came to see us with her self-titled Pinot Noirs. Kelley has worked as a winemaker in Oregon for 14 years, and she started her label in 2007. Her wines are a direct reflection of her sensibilities: she personally does all of her canopy work by hand, picking, sorting, and then following the natural fermentations into wine. Mirabai is a blend of Pinot Noir from a legendary pair of vineyards: Maresh and Momtazi. The results are stunning, full of freshness and lifted flavors of strawberry, cherry, raspberry, warm spice, and zesty acidity. All of this, and a delicate and precise frame. Highly recommended as an example of the heights that Pinot Noir can achieve."

2012 Kelley Fox Wines Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir
Review by Michael Alberty, Storyteller Wine Company
"I have never, ever declared my 'wine of the year." Heck, I have a hard enough time declaring my "wine of the night" when I get together with friends. Even though this wine was just officially released, for over a year I have been unable to escape its precision, balance, charm and beauty. I tasted it again the other night and I knew what I had to do. This, my friends, is the best wine I tasted this year."

Kelley Fox Wines is included in "Top 25 Producers" of Oregon.
"Oregon 2014-Special Report", Christy Canterbury, M.W.

2011 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard
Review by David Schildknecht in Wine Advocate #209 (Oct 2013)
Rate: 92
"Combining the fruit from her old block and another block from this fabled property, Kelley Fox's 12.5% alcohol 2011 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard combines the high-toned fresh and distilled red berries, bittersweet and no less penetrating citrus oils, and herbal essences that collectively mark so many wines from this site and sector, elements that are also accentuated by the vintage. Buoyant, athletically lean, invigoratingly kinetic, and saliva-inducingly saline-just as was Fox's 2011 Mirabai bottling-this finishes with infectious primary juiciness and exhilarating interactivity. Look for palate-tickling and spine-tingling thrills through at least 2025."

2010 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard
Review by David Schildknecht in Wine Advocate #209 (Oct 2013)
Rate: 93
"In showing me only now her 2010 Momtazi Vineyard, Fox wanted to demonstrate that even 22 months after bottling it's still a "wild animal" in need of further taming by time in bottle, behaviour she insists is typical every year for her rendition of Momtazi (from clones 114 and 115 planted in 1998). The brash intensity of this Pinot took me by surprise-not to mention by storm-even after she'd tried to prepare me for it. "Did you fine this with horseradish?" was the first thing out of my scoured and invigorated mouth. The energy and incisiveness on display here is matched by an athletic, sinewy sense of leanness and structure. Sour cherry and red currant, holly berry and juniper-all in distilled as well as raw form; beet root and horseradish, inform the sappy fundament of this remarkable, vibrant, grippingly piquant Pinot. Expect a mouth-shaking and enervating performance for the foreseeable future, and quite probably surplus stamina past 2025."

2011 Kelley Fox Wines Mirabai Pinot Noir
Review by Josh Raynolds in Steve Tanzer's "IWC" (17 July 2013)
Rate: 92
"Light, bright red. Sexy, high-pitched red berry and Asian spice aromas show excellent clarity. Lithe, penetrating raspberry and floral pastille flavors gain weight wiith air and pick up notes of mocha and anise. Shows real polish and focus, with sneaky sweetness and zero rough edges. A sleek, feline Pinot that showcases the best attributes of the vintage, finishing with silky tannins and lingering florality. Here's one of the rare 2011's that outperforms its 2010 and 2009 siblings."

2010 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard
Review by Paul Gregutt in "Wine Enthusiast" (March 2013)
Rate: 94
"Made using fruit sourced from 40-year-old vines, this elegant and detailed Pinot Noir does not shy away from flavors of leaf and herb. But they are anchored in pure and expressive fruit, with old-vine flavors of bramble and pepper. What is most exceptional is the delicacy and length of this wine, two characteristics shared by all of the Kelley Fox wines. Cellar Selection."

2010 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard
Review by David Schildknecht in "Wine Advocate" (August 2012)
Rate: 92
"From the block of old vines in this famous site she babies biodynamically, Kelley Fox's 2010 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard combines lusciously juicy and invigoratingly bright red berry fruit with powerfully saliva-inducing savor of salted, meaty, fat-rich, subtly caramelized pan drippings. Palpably extract-rich, this boasts fine but distinctly detectable tannins (in contrast with the silkiness of the corresponding Mirabai blend) and finishes with resonance and grip, hints of citrus oil and brown spices to its lingering allure. I suspect it will at least merit a decade of interest."

2010 Kelley Fox Wines Mirabai Pinot Noir
Review by David Schildknecht in "Wine Advocate" #202 (August 2012)
Rate: 92
"Incorporating two barrels from Momtazi south of McMinnville, but its majority from an old block of Pommard selection at Maresh Vineyard that Fox to a considerable degree personally (and biodynamically) tends, her tiny volume of 2010 Mirabai Pinot Noir delivers bright, fresh cherry and elderberry with piquant citrus oil and cherry pit infusion and a mingling of marrowy-rich, multi-boned underlying meat stock. Silken-textured and terrifically persistent, this evinces a stony finishing undertone that Fox associates with the cool, stony rigors of the Momtazi site, and which sets-off the wine's purity and vividness of fruit in something analogous to the way Mosel Riesling fruit can be set-off by its undertone of slate. At the same time, there is mouthwatering salinity that practically compels the next sip. I suspect this will be worth following for a decade."

2009 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard
Review by Jay Miller in "Wine Advocate" (October 2011)
Rate: 93
"The 2009 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard is sourced from one of the oldest and finest sites in Willamette Valley. Medium ruby red in color, it sports an inviting bouquet of exotic spices, incense, rose petal, cherry, and raspberry. It is a wine of terrific finesse that lasts nearly a minute on the palate. It will be difficult to delay gratification, but if you have the will-power, this pleasure-bent effort will deliver the goods for another 6-8 years."

2008 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Mirabai Vineyard
Review by Jay Miller in "Wine Advocate" (October 2011)
Rate: 92
"Fragrant dried herbs and spices, red fruits, and floral notes inform the nose of a velvety, smooth-textured, elegant offering with unusual depth and concentration for the vintage. This tasty offering can be approached now and over the next 6-8 years."

2008 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard
Review by Jay Miller in "Wine Advocate" #191 (October 2010)
Rate: 94
"The 2008 Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard is sourced from one of the oldest and finest sites in Willamette Valley. Medium ruby red, it surrenders an ethereal perfume of cinnamon, clove, incense, cherry blossom, and raspberry. The epitome of elegance, it also has intense flavors, outstanding depth, and superb volume. Although tempting to drink in its seductive youth, it will have much more to offer as it rounds out into maturity. As I write this note nearly a month after tasting the wine, I can't help but think of Jimi Hendrix' great tune, Foxy Lady."

2008 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard
Review by Jay Miller in "Wine Advocate" #191 (October 2010)
Rate: 93
"The 2008 Pinot Noir Momtazi Vineyard features considerably darker fruit. Black cherry and black raspberry aromas and flavors merge into blueberry and black currant with hints of toast and violets in the background. It has greater density and structure than the Maresh cuvee but not quite the subtlety or elegance. Even so, it is a large-scaled super-savory offering that will evolve nicely for 4-5 years and have a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2025."

2007 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard
Review by Paul Gregutt in "Wine Enthusiast" (June 2010)
Rate: 94
"This has a surprising amount of vanilla cream in the flavors, plus soft, seductive raspberry fruit. The fruit comes from the oldest part of the Maresh vineyard-38-year-old self-rooted vines. The wine is a pale rose, yet substantial in the style of a classic Pinot from Eyrie. After some hours of breathing it opens with elegant, seductive aromas and some caramel streaks, delicate and perfectly proportioned."

Paul Gregutt's January 2010 Feature of Kelley Fox Wines
"...What emerged from my conversations with all of these talented people was a sense that elegance and terroir are blossoming in Oregon wines...In addition, many Oregon winemakers are focusing on vineyards with organic/biodynamic grapes, minimal intervention winemaking, creating wines with moderate alcohol levels, and cutting back on the use of new oak. The Kelley Fox wines really exemplify what I am talking about...All three wines have the unmistakable grace of great pinot noir, and the potential to age for many years."

Portland Monthly, January 2010, Condie Cox
"...Though wines from Burgundy are the world's benchmark for pinot noir, Cole was wrong in her assertion that Oregon winemakers haven't caught up with their French counterparts. Brisk acidity and an acute focus on minerality are also the hallmarks of modern Oregon pinot noir-especially the 2007 and 2008 vintages. As our vines have aged and our winemakers have honed their skills, Oregon has narrowed the gap with Burgundy: 
Kelley Fox Wines 2007 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir:...this wine exemplifies perfect pinot noir. Delicately floral yet focused on berry flavors that seem to linger on the palate for hours. "

“Fox’s wines are among the most elegant to be found in Oregon, with an emphasis on balance and perfume, but they don’t lack for concentration, much less flavor intensity.”
— Josh Raynolds