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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Foley Estate Winery Syrah 2003
Foley Estate Winery Syrah 2003
(search item no. 91317)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Foley's two Syrah blocks lie on a sheltered, southeastern facing hillside at the base of the estate's western corridor. This site allows the grapes to reach complete maturity even in such a cool environment, and the climate's aridity allows harvest to be delayed well into November. The fruit is hand-picked, brought to the winery, de-stemmed and gently moved to small fermenting bins for maceration. During approximately two-week's maceration, the cap is punched down by hand three times daily. Upon completion of fermentation, the wine is pressed and transferred to 60-gallon French oak barrels of which roughly half are new. Following 14 to 18 months in cask the wine is racked, settled and bottled in mid-January.

Foley Estate's Rancho Santa Rosa Syrah is dark in color, with aromas of blueberry, cassis and black cherry intertwined with vibrant notes of white pepper, sage and vanilla in the bouquet. An immense, highly extracted wine, it is densely textured and full in body and structure. Firm tannins soften in the long finish.

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About Foley Estate Winery:

Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery at Rancho Santa Rosa is the realization of vintner Bill Foley's dream to produce world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County. A historic parcel located in the Santa Rita Hills region of the Santa Ynez Valley, Rancho Santa Rosa was formerly a thoroughbred horse ranch. In 1998, Bill purchased the 460-acre property and planted to 230 acres of vineyard. Devoted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, the vineyard has been subdivided into 59 micro-blocks with each being farmed, harvested and vinified separately. The handsome stables have been refurbished to house the winery, with tremendous detail going into the planning of a modern facility, while honoring age-old winemaking tradition. Highly regarded by leading wine critics and sommeliers, Foley’s Burgundian-influenced portfolio has become a flagship property in the South Central Coast.