2017 Foley Estates Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills
This wine is a deep, dark, almost inky red color. It has concentrated aromas of blue and black fruit, cured meats, white pepper, freshly broken earth and leather. This is a big wine, exhibiting the expected acidity of a cool climate Syrah and finishes with pleasant barrel spices and subtle hints of vanilla pipe tobacco.
Sta. Rita Hills
18 months; French, American and Hungarian oak, 60% new
June 11, 2019
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. Our 2017 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, American and Hungarian oak barrels for 18 months of aging in sixty 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.