2015 Foley Johnson Estate Meritage, Rutherford
57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot
22 months in French oak barrels (50% new)
Unfiltered; July 11, 2017
The Foley Johnson Rutherford Estate Meritage is grown on loamy soils of gravel, clay and sand which help provide ample drainage and decrease the vigor of foliage growth. These ideal growing conditions allow our Bordeaux varietals to reach full maturity on the vine without taking on the green leafy taste of under-ripened fruit. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation and was racked four times throughout the barreling process. After 22 months of aging in new and used French oak barrels (50% new) the wine was bottled unfiltered on July 11, 2017.
2015 was a fantastic vintage in the Napa Valley! Moderate, stable temperatures during the growing season allowed for very even ripening. This also made harvest a bit less chaotic as each varietal entered he winery relatively paced out. The variation of soils on the estate allowed all of the Cabernet Sauvignon to mature with exceptional balance. Overall, 2015 was an excellent vintage with very few climatic problems producing high quality fruit.