2015 Foley Estates Bar Lazy S Ranch Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
92 Points - Wine Spectator
This 2015 Bar Lazy S Ranch Chardonnay is a classic California style Chardonnay with ripe fruit and vanilla barrel notes. Beautiful confectionery aromatics of butterscotch, vanilla, and powdered sugar fill the glass. The palate is filled with flavors of toffee and brown butter cookies which evolve into a round mouthfeel. Roasted vanilla bean, custard and oak linger on the finish.
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 - October 1, 2015
18 months; 50% new French and American oak; Damy, Boutes & Grand Reserve
April 6, 2017
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 French and American oak barrels. It then underwent regular stirring of the lees for added texture and complexity. All lots were kept separate throughout vinification and aging to ensure character, distinctiveness and quality. After aging for 18 months in 50% new French and American oak barrels, 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.