Modesty, humility, receptiveness to the land, and commitment are traits embodied by the pioneers of the Willamette Valley. These are the messages that resonate through Kelley Fox’s hands in the Maresh and Momtazi vineyards.
Early life for Kelley was defined by diversity. Born in Manhattan, Kansas and raised in St. Louis, the family moved to the Netherlands when she was four, and returned to the US via Dallas when she was ten. She holds a B.S. in Psychology with a Biology minor from Texas A & M, and dual degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State. An introduction to wine encouraged her to leave the doctorate program, and within a few years Kelley began working for Torii Mor.
Her tenure at Eyrie, and introduction to David Lett, rested in between experience at Hamacher, and her first head winemaking position for Scott Paul.
The Kelley Fox wines are a deeply personal experience, every step is completed in solitude save for where it would be disruptive; around the bottling line and tirage during processing. Picking and bottling occur on biodynamically favorable dates, and all fermentations have been spontaneous with exposure to new oak terminating in 2012. The Maresh Blocks have been organically dry farmed since 1970 and 1978 when they were planted on their own root stocks, the Momtazi vineyard is Demeter certified Biodynamic yielding fruit from Pommard vines first planted in 1998. Momtazi also provides a home for Rainbow Trout in an 8 acre, spring fed reservoir.
Kelley Fox is a listener, to her vineyards, mentors, and all of nature’s rhythms present throughout the Valley and beyond. One gets the feeling that each new experience creates a ripple, evident in a glass of one of her Pinot Noirs. But if you ask Kelley, she is but a medium between the many unrestrained inputs, and the elusive expression that manifests in her wines.