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2015 Foley Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills

2015 Foley Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills

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SKU: 005623

Intense inky color with gamey aromatics of of cured bacon and oregano. Velvety texture with structured acidity make it very food-friendly. Dark fruit flavors with lingering dark chocolate and black plum on the finish.

I love Syrah, and we as consumers tend to forget how seductively these wines can draw us in. Every time I have this bottle, it just sends me back to France. It’s wonderfully exotic and pretty; red fruit notes of pomegranate with touches of blue fruits, savory herbs and hints of olive, which is a very Mediterranean component. Refined and linear on the palate with embracing tobacco, fresh cracked white pepper, and cocoa.

Try it with: Pork Chile Verde with Avocado & Spinach Salad

“Amazing draw of herbs, spice & fruit; a gorgeous foil from the Earthy notes of the wine and the spice and Earthier tones of the dish.”

Winemaker Notes
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.
100% Syrah
Wine Specs
Sta. Rita Hills
Harvest Date
August 19 - October 1, 2015
7.9 g/L
18 months; 50% new French and Hungarian oak; Ermitage & Trust
Bottling Date
June 22, 2017
Alcohol %
Production Notes
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.
Vineyard Notes
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