2014 Foley Estates Bar Lazy S Ranch Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
The 2014 Bar Lazy S Ranch Chardonnay displays mouthwatering aromatics of caramel candy and pecan toffee on the nose. The palate offers confectionery notes of roasted marshmallow and vanilla bean accompanied by floral hints and balanced by a bright acidity. The wine finishes with an evolving synergy of fruit and oak nuances.
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 – October 10, 2014
18 Months 50% new French and American oak; World Cooperage, Boutes
April 14, 2016
The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank after harvest. After a day of cold-settling, the juice was inoculated and racked to French and American oak barrels. It then underwent regular stirring of the lees for added texture and complexity. All lots were kept separate throughout vinification and aging to ensure character, distinctiveness and quality. After aging for 18 months in 50% new French and American oak barrels, the wine was bottled.
2014 was an abundant vintage for the third straight year. A hotter than average spring led to the earliest bud break on record. Conditions remained ideal from bloom to set, and the warm growing season produced grape clusters with larger than average berry size. The fruit achieved optimal ripeness within a shortened time frame, translating to rich flavors in the wines produced in this vintage. The yields were high in quantity and quality, with harvest lasting from August 19 – October 10, 2014.