2016 Foley Estates Bar Lazy S Ranch Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
The 2016 Bar Lazy S Ranch Chardonnay has aromas of ripe apples, white peaches, mandarin orange zest, and toffee. It has a round mouthfeel while retaining vibrant acidity and flavors reminiscent of golden apples, nectarines, honeydew melon, and brioche. Notes of toasted oak and smooth textures are present through the long finish.
Sta. Rita Hills
August 26 - October 4, 2016
18 months; 50% new French and American oak; Damy, Boutes & Grand Reserve
April 3, 2017
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 French and American 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 50% new French and American oak barrels, the wine was bottled.
After plenty of winter rain, the growing season got off to an early start due to an abnormal heat spell early in February. Cooler temperatures in March prolonged set but the vine canopy growth was very strong. The vines experienced warm weather in early August leading to a compact harvest. Harvest occurred from August 26 - October 4, 2016.