2014 Foley Estates Steel Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
With no oak contact, this 2014 Steel Chardonnay expresses our world class vineyards and true varietal expression of Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay. Delicate, alluring aromas of clover flower honey and lemon zest entice your senses. This Chardonnay is fresh and citrusy on the palate, with flavors of pineapple, green apple and hints of ripe lemon meringue on the finish.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy this Steel Chardonnay on a warm summer day as an aperitif or with a light crab salad.
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 – October 10, 2014
7 months in Stainless Steel
May 4, 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 stainless steel tanks. To retain the fresh and vibrant fruit and acidity, ML was prevented. All lots were kept separate throughout vinification and aging. After seven months in stainless steel tanks under cool cellar conditions, 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.