By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.foleywines.com
Foley winery, located in Lampoo California (just north of Santa Barbara) uses local vineyards of the near-by Santa Rita Hills to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. If you haven’t tried Chardonnay from this region, then this is one that’d make a good starting place for your palate.
- Varietal Composition:
- 100% Chardonnay
- Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
- Harvest Date: 2009
- PH: 3.40
- Barrel Aging: 16 Months – 50% New French Oak
- Bottling Date: May 2011
- Tannin: 6.7 g/L
- Alcohol %: 14.3
- Price: $30
Nose: Popcorn, hazelnut, cantelope, honeydew, burnt marshmellows and vanilla.
Taste: Fresh melons with a hint of mint, honeysuckle, marhmellow, toasted nuts and broiled cheddar cheese. Nice combo of acids and fruit that coat the mid palate rather well and lead into a lingering finish that hangs around nicely. Overall, this is a solid Chardonnay, however, doesn’t seem to offer as much complexity for my palate when compared to other Chardonnay I’ve had in its price range.