2008 Foley Rancho Santa Rosa Chardonnay – Review

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.

Technical Data: 

  • 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.

W.E.P. Rating: 85%