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2016 Foley Estates JA Ranch Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

2016 Foley Estates JA Ranch Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
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Aromas of wet stone after an intense rain abound, followed by hints of honeysuckle flower. Lean citrus notes layered with bright acidity and notes of ripe pineapple and lime blossom round out the palate.

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 JA Ranch Chardonnay is the most Burgundian inspired of all the Foley Estates Chardonnays. Aromas of wet stone after an intense rain abound followed by faint hints of honeysuckle flowers best describe the aromatics of this wine. Lean citrus notes layered with bright acidity and notes of ripe pineapple and lime blossom round out the palate.

Food Pairing Notes

This wine's bright acidity would pair perfectly with the creamy rich contract of a selection of soft cheeses.

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Wine Specs

Vintage
2016
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Sta. Rita Hills
Acid
8.3 g/L
pH
3.3
Aging
18 months in 25% new French Oak
Bottling Date
April 4, 2017
Alcohol %
14.3
Wine Enthusiast
91

Production Notes

The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank after harvest. After a day of cold-settling, the juice was racked to French 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 18 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels, the wine was bottled.
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