In 1998, William Foley purchased the Rancho Santa Rosa, a 460-acre ranch in the Santa Rita Hills viticultural zone. Part of the original Spanish Land Grant, Rancho Santa Rosa is one of Santa Barbara's most historic properties. Lying on a south-facing hillside rising from 500 to 1000 feet above sea level, the estate represents one of the most ambitious hillside viticultural endeavors in Santa Barbara County. Directly exposed to the Pacific Ocean, the vineyard is located in one of the coolest areas of the Santa Ynez Valley, receiving ocean breezes and fog during much of the growing season. Over the summer months persistent marine influences extend the growing season, heightening structure and flavor in the grapes.
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.