Foley Wines Sta. Rita Hills
Bill Foley has one of the largest vineyard holdings in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. In addition to this he also owns the LINCOURT winery further inland at Solvang where he produces a range from Santa Barbara County fruit. His Rancho Santa Rosa property is planted to 93 ha (230 acres) and has been isolated into 59 micro blocks which are farmed and vinified separately. The site is mainly Pinot Noir (planted on the higher slopes), Chardonnay and a little Syrah and Pinot Gris. A second site Rancho Las Hermanas is also now owned comprising 86 ha (213 acres). There are two separate vineyards, Lindsay’s planted to red varieties and Courtney’s planted to whites. The mainstays of the winery are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Rancho Santa Rosa vineyards are marked by traces of limestone in the soils and an array of clones are planted. Pinot Noir is aged for around 14 months in oak (around one-third new) and is medium weight with a combination of dark and red fruits as well as a note of cocoa and vanilla from the oak. Chardonnay comes from low yields, barely 2 tons to the acre, and is barrel-fermented and aged 10 months in oak (40% new). Citrus and cooler notes of pears and green fruits and underpinned by a rich, creamy, leesy texture and a subtle minerality. Small-lot bottlings of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are also made which are both site and barrel selections from both estates. (DM)
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