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2013 Foley Steel Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

2013 Foley Steel Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
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A medley of lemons, peaches and pineapple on the nose. Beautiful minerality that is reminiscent of a true Chablis. The wine finishes with crisp yet elegant flavors of juicy citrus and subtle honeycomb.

With no oak contact, this 2013 Steel Chardonnay expresses our world class vineyards and true varietal expression of Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay. This Steel Chardonnay is lively with a medley of lemons, peaches and pineapple on the nose. It possesses a beautiful minerality that is reminiscent of a true Chablis. The wine finishes with crisp yet elegant flavors of juicy citrus and subtle honey comb.
Ratings
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast. Soft, ripe apple and nectarine notes mix with fresh lime, jasmine and Anjou pear on the nose of this unoaked bottling. A pinpoint, lemony acidity is racy once sipped, but fleshy apple and pear keep the palate grounded.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this beauty with mushroom risotto, seafood and alone as an aperitif.
Composition
100% Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Sta. Rita Hills
Harvest Date
September 5th – November 5th, 2013
Acid
7.3 g/L
pH
3.34
Aging
7 months in Stainless Steel
Bottling Date
June 16, 2014
Alcohol %
14.1
Wine Enthusiast
90
Production Notes
The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank after harvest. After a day of cold-settling, the juice was inoculated and racked to stainless steel tanks. To retain the fresh, and vibrant fruit and acidity, ML was prevented. All lots were kept separate throughout vinification and aging. After seven months in stainless steel tanks under cool cellar conditions, the wine was bottled.
Vineyard Notes
ere’s only one way to describe our Rancho Santa Rosa estate vineyard: serene. Located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County, this stunning, south-facing hillside features vines that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. ?e soils are marine-based and the weather is consistently cool thanks to the moist ocean breezes that sweep through the property daily. ?e vineyard is farmed with the painstaking care and attention usually associated with much smaller properties. In fact, the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard was originally conceived as a series of micro-vineyards delineated by soil, exposure, elevation, grade, rootstock and clone. 2013 was an abundant vintage with mild rain during the first part of spring and only a few incidents of frost before bud break. With no heat waves of consequence, this was a very moderate growing season. Conditions remained ideal from bloom to set with the typical foggy mornings and afternoon winds that sweep through the Sta. Rita Hills. The yields were high in quality and quantity, emulating the 2012 vintage, with harvest lasting from September 5th – November 5th, 2013.
Production
263 cases produced

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