Monday, August 10, 2009

Tasting Notes: Foley Chardonnay 2008


The Bottle: The label promises the splendor of the Chardonnay grape will be showcased by the use of just one little word - steel. It's not that I have anything in particular against the use of oak in the production of wine - far from it. It's just that an oakless Chardonnay is something that should be enjoyed from time to time to give the grape a chance to really shine. A classic green Burgundy bottle contains the pure Chardonnay within it. The abv is 14.3%. This Santa Rita Hills wine is very pale when poured.

The Nose:
The smell of minerals leaps out of the glass first. Then some pears chime in. It's full of the smells of a wet driveway, or a rocky shoreline.

The Taste:
Very nice, refreshing mouthfeel. Crisp and citrusy with the expected minerality on full display. Lime zest highlights a very nice flavor profile for a summer day and lends itself to what is an excellent level of acidity.