About the Wine
Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery in Santa Rosa is the realization of vintner Bill Foley’s dream to produce world class 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. The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.
Medium to light-bodied Pinot Noir has aromas of Rainier cherries, dried flowers, and subtle sandalwood. The palate is well-balanced with notes of pomegranate, cranberry, and hints of orange zest and black tea on the long finish.
Pinot noir is one of the most versatile red wines to match with food. Fruitier Pinot like this one make a great match with salmon or other fatty fish, roasted chicken or pasta dishes.
The Wine Down
This was my first taste of the Foley Pinot Noir. This nicely made wine is well ripened and concentrated without being overdone, and has a creamy mouthfeel.
You can find this wine for under $35.00