2014 Foley Estates JA Ranch Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
The 2014 JA Ranch Pinot Noir displays delicate aromas of violets, bright cranberry fruit, hints of sweet dried blueberries and dusty cedar. True to the character of this Pinot Noir, flavors of tart raspberry and red plum are supported by bold mid palate tannin. Prominent yet balanced acidity rounds out this wine with a finish of lively yet drying hibiscus tea notes.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 – October 10, 2014.
18 months in 100% French oak; 30% new
April 4, 2016
We harvest our grapes based on the ripeness of the tannins. For Pinot Noir this usually occurs between 24.5-27.0 Brix. The clusters were then gently de-stemmed with no crushing. The must was cold-soaked in open-top fermenters for four days. Each tank was manually punched down throughout maceration. Upon completion of primary fermentation and maceration, the free-run wine was transferred to tank for settling. Finally, the individual lots were racked to barrels and aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak prior to blending and bottling.
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 our third consecutive abundant vintage. The yields were high in quantity and quality with the earliest bud break on record. Ideal conditions from bloom to set accompanied by a warm growing season led to the earliest harvest to date. This vintage yielded grape clusters with larger than average berry size that achieved optimal ripeness within a shortened time frame. The grapes were harvested in the cool morning hours of August 19 – October 10, 2014.