2015 Foley Estates Bar Lazy S Ranch Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
90 Points - Wine Spectator
This 2015 Bar Lazy S Ranch Pinot Noir is a lovely light ruby hue. Mouthwatering aromatics of cherries and candied raspberries emerge immediately upon entering the glass. The palate has flavors of red fruits, cardamom and raspberry liqueur accented by a touch of vanilla from the French oak. A pop of bright acidity and toasted vanilla bean persist on the finish.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 - October 1, 2015
18 months; 50% new French oak; Gamba & Boutes
April 12, 2017
We harvest our grapes based on the ripeness of the tannins. For Pinot Noir this usually occurs between 24.5-27.0 Brix with the 2015 harvest coming in at a balanced 25.0. 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 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 to barrels and aged for 18 months prior to blending and 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.