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2019

Foley Estates Chardonnay, Barrel Select

94 Points – The Tasting Panel

Barrel Select is the ultimate expression of cool-climate Chardonnay from our Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard.

APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills

GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay

AGING: 18 months 100% new French oak

RELEASE: Spring 2022

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AROMAS & FLAVORS

Our Barrel Select Chardonnay is made from the best fruit from our Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard. Big and bold, this wine offers intense aromas and flavors of Golden Delicious apples, ripe white nectarines and Key lime pie with notes of graham crust on the long finish.

WINEMAKING

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.

VINTAGE

The 2019 growing season was notably cooler than average through spring and summer, but a burst of heat around Labor Day gave us the push we needed to increase Brix levels to their seasonal average. The disease pressure was low, but an anomaly of hard frost the first week of October forced us to bring the fruit in a hurry. Mother Nature delivered a roller coaster of weather, but with it came nuance and diversity of fruit expression.