2017 Foley Estates Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
This ruby colored wine has aromas of cedar, ground black pepper, cherry compote and toasted vanilla bean. It is a big, complex wine with lot’s of structure and tannin to support the concentrated black and blue fruit on the palate which linger until giving way to some red fruit characteristics of Bing cherry and strawberry. The wine has a long finish exhibiting notes of pipe tobacco and hibiscus tea.
100% Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills
18 months; 100% new French oak; TW Boswell, Gamba, Boutes
April 16, 2019
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.
The 2017 vintage started off 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.