2015 Foley Estates JA Ranch Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This 2015 JA Ranch Chardonnay is the most Burgundian inspired of all the Foley Estates Chardonnays. Clone 76 used in this wine has a very lean profile of bright kiwi and citrus flower making it more austere profiled of all of our brand series wines. Flavors of delicate toasted French oak, wet stone and citrus fill the palate.
Food Pairing Notes
Its lean profile coupled with its bright acidity make it a great pairing for a creamy lobster pasta. "The most elegant barrels are used to age this Chardonnay, and it shows. Its citrus aromatics and rich mouthfeel make it a great pairing with Cedar Plank Salmon with an Arugula Salad and Lemon Thyme Sauce. Its vivid edges of lemon-curd bring power, length and density to this classic combination." — Robert Smith, M.S.
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 - October 1, 2015
18 months 30% new French and American oak; World Cooperage & Remond
April 6, 2017
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. The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank after harvest. After a day of cold-settling, the juice was racked to French 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 30% new French and American oak barrels, 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.
Only 378 cases produced