Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery is the fruition of financier Bill Foley's dream to produce world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir near his Santa Barbara home. Using topographical maps, soil research and climatic data, he scoured the region to find the appropriate site for the cultivation of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. After much research, Bill discovered the perfect property - Rancho Santa Rosa. The property had the steep, south facing hillsides and the limestone soils that are the "holy grail" to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vintners.
Foley Estate's Rancho Santa Rosa Chardonnay comes from 103 acres of vineyards planted on rolling hills near the cool Pacific Ocean. The vines are divided into 25 different micro-blocks, planted with four different Chardonnay clones to capture the nuances of the contoured terrain and sandy, well-drained soils. All blocks are vinified individually and aged separately for blending purposes.
The Chardonnay grapes are hand-harvested during September and October. Following careful sorting, the grapes are gently whole-cluster pressed to stainless steel tanks where the juiced is inoculated and then racked to small French oak barrels to undergo primary and malolactic fermentation. The young Chardonnay is then aged for up to 12 months in a majority of new, medium toast, French oak barrels. The final blend is assembled and the wine is lightly filtered before bottling. Golden hued, the wine is fruit-driven and aromatic with an understated impression of oak to lend greater complexity.