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2014 Foley Estates Chardonnay, T Anchor Ranch

2014 Foley Estates Chardonnay, T Anchor Ranch

92 Points - Wine Spectator
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Aromas of lemon zest, fresh pineapple, and hints of fresh white flower. This wine embodies the ideal balance of acid, tannin, and juiciness.

92 Points - Wine Spectator. "Creamy and rich-tasting, with mix of lush tropical fruit and ripe citrus flavors. Offers floral hints midpalate, with a long, fresh-tasting finish that is supported by juicy acidity. Drink now through 2021." - Kim Marcus; 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast; 90 Points - Connoisseur Guide to CA Wine. "All of the new Foley bottlings are firmly structured Chardonnays that are marked by an abundance of acidity, but, for the most part, they display ample, well-ripened fruit as well, and this one is the richest, most complete of the lot. It is both substantial and tightly drawn with a carefully married mix of apples and sweet oak, and, if fairly firm in structure, it is not overly taut and stays clear of acidy stiffness. Still, it will be better if given a chance to relax and unwind, and its recommendation comes with the urging that it be allowed a year or two of rest."
Winemaker Notes
The 2014 T Anchor Ranch Chardonnay is a classic varietal expression of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation with aromas of lemon zest, fresh pineapple, and hints of fresh white flower. The first impression on the palate is oak with toasted coconut that transforms into a creamy finish reminiscent of a vanilla latte. This wine embodies the ideal balance of acid, tannin, and juiciness.
Food Pairing Notes
Paired with Smoked Salmon Benedict with Roasted Red Pepper Hollandaise, Lemon Zest & Sage Confit “This luscious, well balanced Chardonnay has a rich and creamy mid-palate mouthfeel. The oak notes are a brilliant foil with the Farm-Egg, and the tinges of lemon curd & tropical fruit pierce the oil of the Salmon, all softened by the Hollandaise.” – Robert Smith, Master Sommelier
100% Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Sta. Rita Hills
8.25 g/L
18 months in 40% new French and American oak
Bottling Date
April 15, 2016
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Production Notes
2014 was an abundant vintage for the third straight year. A hotter than average spring led to the earliest bud break on record. Conditions remained ideal from bloom to set, and the warm growing season produced grape clusters with larger than average berry size. The fruit achieved optimal ripeness within a shortened time frame, translating to rich flavors in the wines produced in this vintage. The yields were high in quantity and quality, with harvest lasting from August 19 – October 10, 2014. The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank following harvest. After a day of cold-settling, the juice was inoculated and racked to 40% new French and American oak barrels. It then underwent regular stirring of the lees for added texture and complexity. All lots were kept separate throughout vinification and aging to ensure character, distinctiveness and quality. After 18 months in barrel under cool cellar conditions, the wine was bottled.
Vineyard Notes
There’s only one way to describe the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard: serene. Located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County, these stunning hillsides feature vines that climb from 500 to 1,000 feet above sea level. The soils are marine-based and the weather is consistently cool thanks to moist ocean breezes that sweep the property daily. The vineyard is farmed with the painstaking care and attention usually associated with much smaller properties. In fact, this vineyard was originally conceived as a series of individual micro-vineyards delineated by soil, exposure, elevation, grade, rootstock and clone.
Only 407 cases produced

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