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Foley Estates Pinot Noir, Barrel Select

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast

A delicious, bold and powerful Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.

APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills

GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir

AGING: 18 months in 100% new French oak

RELEASE: Spring 2022

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The 2019 Barrel Select Pinot Noir is bold and powerful. Aromas of cherry cola, spice, and chocolate are accented by vanilla, caramel and dried raspberries on the palate. This wine will age well for years to come.


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 destemmed 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 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.