2015 Foley Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills
This 2015 Sta. Rita Hills Syrah is an intense inky color with gamey aromatics of of cured bacon and oregano. The palate is velvety in texture with structured acidity making it a very food friendly wine. Dark fruit flavors dominate the palate with lingering dark chocolate and black plum on the finish.
Food Pairing Notes
An enticing pairing with roasted quail.
Sta. Rita Hills
August 19 - October 1, 2015
18 months; 50% new French and Hungarian oak; Ermitage & Trust
June 22, 2017
Our 2015 Syrah comes from the Syrah Noir clone, which is perfectly matched to our estate vineyard. After picking by hand, the grapes were carefully de-stemmed and transferred to open-top tanks for a three-day cold soak prior to inoculation. After roughly two weeks, the wine was pressed and racked into a combination of French and Hungarian oak barrels for 18 months of aging in fifty percent new oak.
Serene. That’s the best descriptor for our estate vineyard. 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, the site 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.
Only 183 cases produced