2016 Foley Estates Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
91 Points - Wine Spectator
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 monhts; 100% new French oak
April 10, 2018
We harvest our grapes based on the ripeness of the tannins. The fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted in the vineyard in the cool morning hours to preserve the aromatics. 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 daily 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 and aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak prior to 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.