Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016

Foley Estates

Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016

Region: America / California / Sta. Rita Hills
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

The Chardonnay grapes are sourced from vines planted on rolling hills near the cooling Pacific Ocean. After harvest, the grapes are gently whole-cluster pressed and transferred to tanks for cold settling. The juice is then inoculated with yeast and racked to French oak barrels, where it undergoes fermentation, with stirring of the lees for added texture and complexity. Partial malolactic fermentation is allowed. All lots are kept separate throughout vinification and aging to ensure greater character, distinctiveness and quality. The wine is aged in oak barrels before bottling.

90 Points

Wine Spectator

2015 vintage
93 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2015 vintage
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harvest note

Due to an heat wave in early February, the growing season got off to a quick start with strong vine growth. The vines experienced warm weather in early August leading to a harvest from late August to early October.

tasting note

This is a bright, juicy Chardonnay with aromas of honeydew melon, brioche, green apple and baking spices. Lively acidity accompanies flavors of banana, toasted oak, and honey, which coat the palate. Silky viscosity precedes a lengthy finish.

food pairing

Perfect paired with clam chowder or Chicken Dijon, this Chardonnay's combination of structure and concentration helps it stand up to a wide array of dishes, including poultry and rich fish and seafood, like lobster and salmon.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Sta. Rita Hills
PH: 3.82
ACIDITY: 7.4 g/L
ABV: 14.3%
AGING: 18 months

points of distinction

  • A rich Chardonnay with 17 months of oak aging and buttery qualities
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“The combination of climate and soil diversity found in the Sta. Rita Hills offer some of the best grape growing conditions I’ve ever seen.”

– Dave Frazier, Winemaker

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