2015 Foley Estates Chardonnay, T Anchor Ranch, Sta. Rita Hills (1.5L Magnum)
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
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.
Santa Rita Hills
August 19 - October 1, 2015
18 months; 40% new French and Hungarian oak; World Cooperage & Trust
April 6, 2017
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.
There’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.