2014 Foley Estates Bar Lazy S Ranch Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
The 2014 Bar Lazy S Ranch Pinot Noir opens with bright aromatics of fresh cherry, cassis and candied rhubarb. On the palate delicate flavors of raspberry, red cherry and floral undertones are structured with elegant tannin, giving depth to the alluring flavor profile. This wine finishes with accents of spiced clove and dried strawberries, further highlighting the distinctive pepper notes that are characteristic of Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 – October 10, 2014
25.0 Brix at harvest
18 Months; 50% new French oak; World Cooperage and Gamba
April 5, 2016
We harvest our grapes based on the ripeness of the tannins. For Pinot Noir this usually occurs between 24.5-27.0 Brix with the 2014 harvest coming in at a balanced 25.0. 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. Next, the individual lots were racked to barrels and aged for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
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.