2015 Foley Estates Steel Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
With no oak contact, this 2015 Steel Chardonnay expresses our world class vineyards and true varietal expression of Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay. Bright aromas of citrus and jasmine flowers greet the nose on this lovely bottling. Despite having not oak contact, it has a nice textural component with great length and a sophisticated profile. Lush flavors of guava and pineapple complement the bright acidity making it a refreshing wine to serve on a hot summer day.
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 - October 1, 2015
4 months in Stainless Steel
March 31, 2016
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 stainless steel tanks. To retain the fresh and vibrant fruit and acidity, ML was prevented. All lots were kept separate throughout vinification and aging. After four months in stainless steel tanks under cool cellar conditions, 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.
Only 241 cases produced