2018 Foley Estates Barrel Select Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
Our 2018 Barrel Select Chardonnay is made from only the best hand selected fruit harvested from our Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard. This straw colored wine has intense aromas of baked apples, toasted brioche, and lemon curd. It is a big, bold Chardonnay with good weight and balanced acidity. The palate reveals flavors of Golden Delicious apples, ripe white nectarines, and Key lime pie with graham crust. Caramel-like barrel spices contribute to a long, pleasant finish and complement the fruit and mineral backbone present in this rich, luscious wine.
Barrel Select is the ultimate expression of cool-climate Chardonnay from our Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard. Like a vinous jigsaw puzzle, it is an intricate assemblage of the most complex and concentrated fruit from the vintage. Following harvest, the grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank. The fruit was racked into 100% new French oak barrels where it underwent weekly stirring of the lees to add texture and complexity. After 18 months of aging, the wine was bottled.
Sta. Rita Hills
18 Months in 100% New French Oak
June 2, 2020
The 2018 growing season got off to a quick start due to a heat spike in early February which was quickly followed by a cold spell. The season continued with extended frost events and a cool to moderate weather pattern through May. The first pop of notable heat finally arrived mid-June and held steady with no extreme heat spikes, allowing grapes to retain their acid level and mature at a slow and steady pace. This consistency combined with low disease pressure set the stage for outstanding fruit quality. Harvest began three weeks later than usual, but it was well worth the wait.
134 Cases Produced