2016 Foley Estates Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills
This dark red, intensely colored, cool-climate Syrah exhibits aromas of blue and black berries, cracked black pepper and smoked bacon. The wine has a weighty mouthfeel with balanced acidity and a velvety texture. The palate has notes similar to those on the nose with dried blue and black berries, espresso, barrel spices, cocoa and a very subtle note of vanilla bean.
Food Pairing Notes
This is a bold wine that would pair well with a coffee encrusted rib eye steak.
94% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
Sta. Rita Hills
August 26 - October 4, 2016
18 months in French and Hungarian oak, 60% new
June 20, 2017
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. Our 2016 Syrah comes from the Syrah Noir clone, which is perfectly matched to our estate vineyard. After picking by hand, the grapes were carefully de-stemmed and transferred to open-top tanks for a three-day cold soak prior to inoculation. After roughly two weeks, the wine was pressed and racked into a combination of French and Hungarian oak barrels for 18 months of aging in fifty percent new oak.
Serene. That’s the best descriptor for our estate vineyard. Located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County, these stunning hillsides feature vines that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. The soils are marine-based and the weather is consistently cool thanks to moist ocean breezes that sweep the property daily. The vineyard is farmed with the painstaking care and attention usually associated with much smaller properties. In fact, the site was originally conceived as a series of individual micro-vineyards delineated by soil, exposure, elevation, grade, rootstock and clone.