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2014 Foley Estates JA Ranch Chardonnay

2014 Foley Estates JA Ranch Chardonnay

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
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A sophisticated, elegant wine with aromas of honeysuckle flowers and ripe kiwi and defined midpalate flavors with prominent acidity and delicate citrus notes, accented by a bold minerality.

92 Points - Wine Enthusiast. 91 Points - Wine Spectator. "Very creamy, with a core of firm acidity behind the ripe apple, pear and lemon tart flavors. Spice and shiso leaf notes emerge on the well-structured finish. Drink now through 2020." -KM
Winemaker Notes
This 2014 JA Ranch Chardonnay is a sophisticated, elegant wine with aromas of honeysuckle flowers and ripe kiwi. Defined mid palate flavors of toasted honey graham cracker accompany prominent acidity and delicate citrus notes, all accented by a bold minerality. This Chardonnay pairs beautifully with fresh oysters topped with lemon juice and parsley.
100% Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Sta. Rita Hills
Harvest Date
August 19 – October 10, 2014
7.95 g/L
18 months in 30% new French oak; World Cooperage & Remond
Bottling Date
April 14, 2016
Alcohol %
Wine Spectator
Wine Enthusiast
Production Notes
The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tank after harvest. After a day of cold-settling, the juice was racked to French 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 aging for 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels, 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. 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.

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