2016 Foley Estates Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
This 2016 Pinot Noir is the perfect expression of our prized Rancho Santa Rosa vineyard. It opens with warm aromatics of sweet roasted coffee and fresh red plum. The palate is bold and expressive with cranberry, rhubarb and red plum accented by a bright acidity. Hints of spicy tea and pepper linger on the finish.
Food Pairing Notes
A great accompaniment to a rare steak filet.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
August 26 - October 4, 2016.
18 months; 30% New French oak; Boutes, World Cooperage, & Remond
April 12, 2017
We harvested our grapes based on the ripeness of the tannins. For Pinot Noir this usually occurs between 24.5-27.0 Brix with the 2016 coming in at an even 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. Finally, the individual lots were racked to barrels and aged for 18 months in 30% new French oak 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.