2018 Foley Sonoma Chardonnay, Alexander Valley
Our 2018 Estate Chardonnay opens with aromas of apple tart, dried peach, and Meyer lemon. The palate exhibits more weight than the nose might imply, with a backbone of bright lemon and bergamot flavors. Fresh cut yellow pear enhances the light creamy complexity on the mid-palate, leading to a smooth finish.
Coming off of a warmer 2017 vintage, 2018 was a change of pace with cooler and mostly moderate temperatures throughout the year. We were able to let the fruit hang on the vines longer so they could soak up some September-October sunshine and provide us with a bounty of concentrated fruit with beautiful character.
11 months in French oak, 20% new
After harvest, the fruit was fermented in French oak barrels and aged for 11 months. Regular lees stirring after fermentation enhanced the concentration and complexity of the flavors and aromatics.
The vineyards of Foley Sonoma lie at the heart of our estate in the Alexander Valley. Our Chardonnay vines are planted in rich soil that supports the Dijon and Robert Young clones.