VOLUME 10, ISSUE 13
June 27, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Exploring the Heritage Vineyards of Sonoma County: A Trip Well Taken Cohn Vineyard Bacigalupi Paris Tasting Block Rochioli Vineyards & Winery West Block Lynmar Estate Quail Hill Vineyard Dehlinger Winery Old Vines Pellegrini Wine Co. Olivet Lane Vineyard Hanzell Vineyards The Ambassador’s 1953 Vineyard Patz & Hall Sonoma House Visit & Tasting with James Hall Hyde Vineyard Saturday Night Dinner Bacchanal Pinot Briefs A Reader’s Letter Brightens My Day
Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery
This is a showcase property in the Napa mode located along Hwy 246 in the northern part of the appellation. The beautiful tasting room is open daily from 10-5. Owner William (Bill) Foley II, who built Fidelity National title into one of the most successful mortgage-title companies in the world, purchased the Rancho Santa Rosa in 1998 and planted 230 acres to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. The winemaker is Kris Curran (formerly Sea Smoke) and the enologist is Colin Murphy (all of whom also produce wine for Lincourt Vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley which is also owned by William Foley II). The Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard has 32 different blocks of Pinot Noir. Both composite wines and single clone wines are produced. The large acreage here and the extensive winery resources allow for considerable experimentation which should pay off down the line in the quality of the wines emerging from this winery.
Foley also owns Lincourt Winery in Santa Ynez that produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Sebastiani Winery, and has purchased several other wineries in the western United States, Europe and New Zealand (as of 2012, he owns 13 wineries). Foley Wine Co. sells nearly one million cases a year. In December, 2012, Foley will launch the Foley Wine and Food Society, a unique club of restaurants, resorts and wine. The Foley winery has a large tasting room open daily.
Articles About Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery
2010 Foley Bar Lazy S Ranch Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $N/A. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Ripe dark red fruits with a hint of stem. Earth-kissed black fruits with a dose of dark chocolate on the palate. Smooth with balanced tannins and a generous finish. Very good. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »
2010 Foley T Anchor Ranch Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $N/A. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Aromas of spiced cherries, black raspberries and a hint of stem. Juicy, with vibrant fruit, a savory note in the background, a seductive mouth feel and commendable restraint. Very good. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »
2005 Foley Estate Clone 2A Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
$45. 2A is the Wädenswil clone. · An opulent Pinot Noir featuring bright berry fruit with charming silkiness which is marred only by a herbal and oak dominated finish. Reviewed July 23, 2007 ARTICLE »
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