2015 Foley Barrel Select Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
92 Points - Wine Spectator
This 2015 Barrel Select is for the Chardonnay connoisseur! With 100% new oak barrels, it is bold and structured. The nose is a bit shy at first with sweet and nutty aromas that lead into soft fruit tones of lemon curd and clover honey. The palate has great length and a balanced acidy with flavors of citrus, honey and toasted oak.
Food Pairing Notes
This is a great food wine that can stand up to bold dishes.
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 - October 1, 2015
18 months; 100% new French oak; Sirigue, Damy & Remond
April 6, 2017
Barrel Select is the ultimate expression of cool-climate Chardonnay from our Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard. Like a vinous jigsaw puzzle, it is an intricate assemblage of the most complex and concentrated fruit from the vintage. Following harvest, the grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank. The fruit was racked into 100% new French oak barrels where it underwent weekly stirring of the lees to add texture and complexity. After 18 months of aging, the wine was bottled.
The 2015 vintage was early and light yielding fruit with exceptional flavor concentration. The vines experienced no hard dormancy and above average temperatures in February resulting in an early bud break, flowering and fruit set. The drought caused the vines to struggle and produce smaller berry size and overall cluster size which resulted in high quality wines that are rich, complex and intense in character. Harvest occurred from August 19 - October 1, 2015.
Only 275 cases produced