Lincourt is the second label of Foley, a major force in Santa Rita Hills, and this county-wide bottling shows a lot of class and finesse. It’s a Chablis-type Chard, totally dry, high in acidity, with a mineral, metallic quality to the peach flavors. The finish is so rich and complex. What a great food wine.
A fine Chardonnay, creamy, flavorful and complex. It’s as soft as buttercream, yet a vital streak of acidity brightens the tropical fruit and vanilla richness. Showcases the Santa Rita Hills in a good, cool vintage.
Squeaky clean, richly fruity and perfectly inviting, this ripe, elegant Syrah starts with modest blackberry notes, then opens up to show more raspberry and vanilla shadings. Not a blockbuster, just ripe, creamy and well crafted. Good value, too.
Older oak barrel aging as well as stirring on the lees bring softness and creaminess to this fresh, clean wine. It brims with bright acidity, showing tart green apple, papaya, lemongrass and apricot flavors, and again proves how beautifully this Santa Barbara appellation ripens Sauvignon Blanc.
Lincourt’s grapes are so rich and well grown that they don’t even need oak to make a delicious Chardonnay. The wine is dry and crisp, with appealing flavors of pineapples, tangerines and Meyer lemons. The savory creaminess seems to come from aging on the lees. What a great food wine.
This is another brand from the well-regarded Foley. Starts off with invitingly pure aromas of cola, rhubarb, Bay leaf, beetroot, pomegranate, spicy cherry pie and cinnamon stick, leading to a supple, silky, delicately powerful mouthfeel. Really lovely now and for the next few years.
Santa Barbara Cabs continue to have their work cut out for them, but as grapes are sourced from warmer areas, progress is made. This bottling shows fine varietal character, with plum, cassis and blackberry-tea flavors, and is very dry. It has a tannic angularity that works well with rich meats.