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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.
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...Read More About Foley Estate Winery
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...Read More About Other California
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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