2008 Foley "Rancho Santa Rosa" Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay
A beautiful Chardonnay, notable for its elegant structure. Perfect acidity and just a hint of tannins, much of it from oak barrels, provide the framework for the pineapple and kiwi fruit flavors, enriched with notes of cream and buttered toast.
Subtle touches of citrus, mineral, white peach and nectarine are medium- to full-bodied, gaining depth and nuance on the finish, where the flavors fan out nicely. Drink now through 2016.
Here's a spectacular new Chardonnay from Foley. Just over 4,000 cases were produced. It also received 4.5 stars from Restaurant Wine: "Fine Chardonnay: full bodied and elegantly flavored; a fleshy, well balanced, persistent wine, with layers of complexity, tasting of pear, lemon peel, vanilla, spicy oak, pineapple, and grapefruit. 95% barrel fermented. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 50% new."