2014 Foley Estates JA Ranch Chardonnay, Sta. Rita hills
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This 2014 JA Ranch Chardonnay is a sophisticated, elegant wine with aromas of honeysuckle flowers and ripe kiwi. Defined mid palate flavors of toasted honey graham cracker accompany prominent acidity and delicate citrus notes, all accented by a bold minerality. This Chardonnay pairs beautifully with fresh oysters topped with lemon juice and parsley.
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 – October 10, 2014
18 months in 30% new French oak; World Cooperage & Remond
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 racked to French 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 30% new French oak barrels, the wine was bottled.
There’s only one way to describe the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard: serene. Located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County, these stunning hillsides feature vines that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. The soils are marine-based and the weather is consistently cool thanks to moist ocean breezes that sweep the property daily. The vineyard is farmed with the painstaking care and attention usually associated with much smaller properties. In fact, this vineyard was originally conceived as a series of individual micro-vineyards delineated by soil, exposure, elevation, grade, rootstock and clone. 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.