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2015 Foley Estates Chardonnay, T Anchor Ranch, Sta. Rita Hills (1.5L Magnum)

2015 Foley Estates Chardonnay, T Anchor Ranch, Sta. Rita Hills (1.5L Magnum)

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
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SKU: 005620

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Gorgeous aromatics of caramel, butter, and honeycomb which transform on the mouth. Flavors of white jasmine flower, ripe pineapple and yellow peach come to the forefront on the well-balanced palate.

Ratings

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast. "Buttercream, sweet butter, marmalade, baking spice, brown sugar and sea salt converge on the nose of this bottling, named after the Foley family's Texas ranches. Sea salt, vanilla, lemon peel and frozen-butter flavors show on the sip, which is fatter in the midpalate but cut by the savory saltiness."

Winemaker Notes

This 2015 T Anchor Ranch Chardonnay is an excellent representation of our Rancho Santa Rosa East vineyard and clone 4 of Chardonnay. The wine opens with gorgeous aromatics of caramel, butter, and honeycomb which transform on the mouth. Flavors of white jasmine flower, ripe pineapple and yellow peach come to the forefront on the well-balanced palate. The finish lingers with toasted hazelnut and graham cracker crust nuances. An ideal wine to enjoy on a warm summer evening.

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Wine Specs

Vintage
2015
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Santa Rita Hills
Harvest Date
August 19 - October 1, 2015
Acid
7.3 g/L
pH
3.23
Aging
18 months; 40% new French and Hungarian oak; World Cooperage & Trust
Bottling Date
April 6, 2017
Alcohol %
14.1
Wine Enthusiast
91

Production Notes

The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank following harvest. After a day of cold-settling, the juice was inoculated and racked to 40% new French and Hungarian 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 18 months in barrel under cool cellar conditions, the wine was bottled.

Vineyard Notes

Thereโ€™s only one way to describe the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard: serene. Located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County, these stunning hillsides feature vines that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. The soils are marine-based and the weather is consistently cool thanks to moist ocean breezes that sweep the property daily. The vineyard is farmed with the painstaking care and attention usually associated with much smaller properties. In fact, this vineyard was originally conceived as a series of individual micro-vineyards delineated by soil, exposure, elevation, grade, rootstock and clone. 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.
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