2017 Foley Estates Bar Lazy S Ranch Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
The 2017 Bar Lazy S Ranch Pinot Noir has garnet hues and is fruit forward with aromas of fresh baked cherry cobbler, sandalwood and pomegranate. This wine has structure and length. Integrated barrel spices contribute to flavors of cherry cola, candied rhubarb and cocoa. The bright acid typical of our cool climate appellation is present and creates a long, lingering finish with hints of cloves, black tea and cranberries.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
18 months; 50% new French Oak; Caronnaise, Boutes and World Cooperage
April 16, 2019
The 2017 vintage started with an extended cool growing season staging us for a later than normal start date to harvest. We had some concerns, but just like clockwork, we got some intense Labor Day heat which pushed the vines to maturation. The disease pressure was low and quality was good so having a little patience was a good virtue to possess. We also had the anomaly of a hard frost the first week of October with temperatures dipping down to 29° in some of the lower elevation blocks pushing us to pull in the last bit of fruit quickly. Harvest wrapped up on October 23 with mother nature delivering us a roller coaster of weather but with it a nuance and diversity of fruit expression. We harvest our grapes based on the ripeness of the tannins. For Pinot Noir, this usually occurs between 24.5-27.0 Brix. 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.
There’s only one way to describe the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard: serene. 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 swept the property daily. The vineyard is farmed with the painstaking care and attention usually associated with much smaller properties. In fact, this vineyard was originally conceived as a series of individual micro-vineyards delineated by soil, exposure, elevation, grade, rootstock, and clone.