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Together, wine, food, and travel make up three of life's greatest offerings. The Society Blog will feature expert experiences and opinions relating to these delicious topics. Here, we will freely discuss the diverse flavors of food, the inviting culture of wine, the vast nature of travel, and the ultimate experience you get when you combine the three!

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January 8, 2018 | The Society

Chalk Hill, Chalone & Foley Estates Ring in 2018 with Honors

The Pavilion at Chalk Hill Estate
The Pavilion at Chalk Hill Estate

Four of Foley Family Wines’ best celebrated the new year by recently earning top honors from both Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator.

The 2016 Chalk Hill Mt. Eden Clone Pinot Noir was awarded 92 points from Wine Spectator, who offered the following:

“Refreshing with its cast of wild raspberry and jam, blackberry, currant and floral scents. It's rich, mixing flavors with textural nuance and complexity. Drink now through 2026.”

Chalone and Foley Estates were recognized separately by Wine Enthusiast with 90+ scores and inclusion in their coveted Best of Year issue for 2017. The 2013 Chalone Estate Grenache received 92 points from Wine Enthusiast, who wrote…

“Classic and compelling aromas of rose petal, candied boysenberry, hibiscus reduction and vanilla brioche show on the nose of this wine from a rugged appellation east of the Salinas Valley. The firmly structured palate shows rose petals and tart berries dusted by fennel pollen, white pepper and chaparral spice.”

The 2015 Foley Estates JA Ranch Chardonnay drew high praise along with its 92 points rating.

“The tang of orange rinds and fresh lemon cake meet with hints of toasted coconut and white flowers on the nose of this solid bottling by Bill Foley's eponymous winery. The texture is crisp but grippy and tense on the sip, with seared orange slices and oak smoke flavors.”

The inclusion of a second Foley Estates Chardonnay in the same Best of Year issue shows just how strong and consistent Foley Estates winemaking is across all their vineyards. Its 2015 Foley Estates T Anchor Ranch Chardonnay secured 91 points, eliciting this from the publication:

“Buttercream, sweet butter, marmalade, baking spice, brown sugar and sea salt converge on the nose of this bottling, named after the Foley family's Texas ranches. Sea salt, vanilla, lemon peel and frozen-butter flavors show on the sip, which is fatter in the midpalate but cut by the savory saltiness.”

All four of these wines may be purchased directly by clicking on the links below or contacting their respective tasting rooms.

2016 Chalk Hill Mt. Eden Clone Pinot Noir
Purchase Online - 92 Points Wine Spectator
Visit Chalk Hill or call the tasting room at 707-657-4837 for more information.

2013 Chalone Estate Grenache
Purchase Online - 92 Points Wine Enthusiast
Visit Chalone Vineyard or call the tasting room at 707-933-3235 for more information.

2015 Foley Estates JA Ranch Chardonnay
Purchase Online - 92 Points Wine Enthusiast

2015 Foley Estates T Anchor Ranch Chardonnay
Purchase Online - 91 Points Wine Enthusiast
Visit Foley Estates or call the tasting room at 805-737-6222 for more information.

Time Posted: Jan 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM
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January 4, 2018 | The Society

2015 The Four Graces Pinot Noir Earns Two 90+ Scores by Wine Spectator

The Four Graces earned two separate 90+ scores from Wine Spectator in December, adding to an already banner year for Foley Family Wines. The 2015 The Four Graces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley was awarded 93 points, while the 2015 The Four Graces Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Reserve received 92 points.

“An expressive and supple version, with a complex core of lively tannins and acidity, plus accents of black cherry, cinnamon and spice that linger toward the minerally finish,” accompanied the 93 score for the ’15 Willamette Valley selection.

The Dundee Hills Reserve elicited similar praise from Wine Spectator noting, “Focused and well-built, with expressive cherry, loam and orange peel flavors that take on depth and structure toward refined, stony tannins.”

Each of these exceptional wines can be purchased directly from the Foley Food and Wine Society by clicking on the link below.

Time Posted: Jan 4, 2018 at 7:00 AM
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November 21, 2017 | The Society

2014 Lancaster Estate Cab Earns Spot on Wine Spectator Top 100 List

Lancaster Estate

The 2014 Lancaster Estate Cab has been awarded one of the highest honors in the world of wine, a spot on the Wine Spectator 2017 Top 100 list, announced Monday. The ‘14 Cab, rated 94 points by the Wine Spectator, comes in at No. 86 on this year’s list.

Wine Spectator’s James Laube described it as…

“A big, rich Cabernet, with firm, structured tannins that are powerful and edgy, framing the core of blackberry, black cherry, plum and espresso flavors. An impressive effort. Best from 2019 through 2029. 4,075 cases made.”

When asked about the 2014 Vintage, Lancaster Estates Winemaker David Drake said, “I think it is just the perfect representation of what this property is capable of, in a good vintage, and apparently the ‘14 was a good vintage. The growing conditions were just ideal. It’s not what I did, it is what the property did, I just didn’t mess it up. We did all the same stuff we do every year, we didn’t do anything different. We did it the way we do everything.”

A veteran of Lancaster Estates for twenty years, no one knows what the terroir is capable of better than Drake. Fellow Foley Family Winemaker Steve Nelson (Chalk Hill Estate) has no problem parading his accolades. “I think David Drake is an incredible Winemaker, and he is definitely the most interesting man in the room,” said Nelson. “I think the 2014 is phenomenal. It walks that tightrope between power and elegance, which is the mark of a great cabernet. It’s really challenging to make a cabernet that has all that density, packed with tannin, color and flavor, and still have it come off smooth and seamless on the palate.”

Foley Family Wines Master Sommelier Robert Smith offered his take on the honor, telling Foley Food & Wine Society, “The 2014 Lancaster Estate is a reflection of the Estate. Beautiful, reserved, slightly tucked in, hidden and shy in the beginning; but somehow stands out when you give it some air. It is strikingly beautiful and strong, but profoundly elegant, and shows her true nature with expressive manner. David Drake understands and translates this natural approach to what Lancaster delivers from the land to the wine. This is a wine that everyone wants to get their hands on. It shows depth and concentration.”

This is the second time a Foley Family wine has been awarded a place on the Top 100 list. The 2005 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon, which made an appearance in 2008 at No. 95, was the first.

Click here to buy your own case of the 2014 Lancaster Estate Cabernet today and take advantage of our special discounted shipping. For a limited time, only $10 shipping on orders of 1-11 bottles, 1¢ shipping on 12 bottles or more, when you buy direct from the Foley Food & Wine Society Exchange.

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Time Posted: Nov 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM