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White Wines

Foley Estates JA Ranch Chardonnay

A beautiful Chardonnay from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.


APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills

GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay

AGING: 18 months in 30% new French oak

RELEASE: Fall 2022

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This pale, austere white wine exhibits aromas of star jasmine & grapefruit zest. The lean palate, indicative of the cool climate where this wine is grown, features notes of tangerine, wet slate and key lime. The crisp acid maintains the long finish of green apple and toasted macadamia nut. It pairs well with cedar plank smoked salmon with lemon-dill hollandaise sauce.


The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed, transferred to tank, cold settled and then racked to French oak barrels for fermentation. It 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.


The 2020 vintage kicked off with a dry and cool growing season. The weather started to warm up in July with an intense heat spike in Sta. Rita Hills. Early morning fog kept the grapes cool while afternoon ocean breezes swept in and ensured grape quality remained high. Harvest began August 25 and finished October 20.