2016 Foley Estates Bar Lazy S Ranch Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Aromas of fresh raspberries and red cherry pop in the glass, with hints of sweet chambord. This wine is light in texture but has beautiful balance on the palate of oak and fruit tones. There is a sweet/spicy note reminiscent of spicy/sweet rooibos tea that is accented by hints of dried strawberries and raspberry fruit.
Food Pairing Notes
This would be the perfect wine to pair with Thanksgiving Dinner.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
August 26 - October 4, 2016
18 months; 50% new French oak; Garonnaise, Boutes and World Cooperage
April 10, 2018
We harvest our grapes based on the ripeness of the tannins. For Pinot Noir this usually occurs between 24.5-27.0 Brix with the 2016 harvest coming in at a balanced 25.0. The clusters were then gently de-stemmed with no crushing. The must was cold-soaked in open-top fermenters for four days. Each tank was manually punched down throughout maceration. Upon completion of primary fermentation and maceration, the free-run wine was transferred to tank for settling. Next, the individual lots were racked to barrels and aged for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
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.