2015 Foley Estates Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
92 Points - Wine Spectator
This 2015 Barrel Select Pinot Noir is made for oak lovers. Aged in 100% new French oak, it is huge in texture and oak tones. Flavors of dried tobacco leaf, fennel seed, cedar and a medley of dark red fruits fill the palate. The complex fruit tones provide depth that works in synergy with the layers of new oak. Intense black pepper notes, indicative of Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir, linger on the finish.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 - October 1, 2015
18 Months in 100% New French oak; Sirigue, Gamba & Ermitage
April 12, 2017
We harvest our grapes based on the ripeness of the tannins. The fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted in the vineyard in the cool morning hours to preserve the aromatics. 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 daily 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 and aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak prior to bottling.
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.