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