Led by three of its top producing vineyards, Chalk Hill, Roth & Sebastiani, Foley Family Wines continued to add to its honor roll with top scores from various industry publications and competitions awarded to several wines within FFW’s portfolio.
Roth Estate was recognized for three of its wines, starting with the 93 points awarded by the Los Angeles Int’l Wine Competition for the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley. From the winemaker’s notes…
“Displays mighty aromas of black cherry, cassis, wet stone and sweet oak. Rich and layered flavors of red currant, blackberry, dark chocolate and vanilla complement the firm tannins. Structured, and powerful, this Cabernet lingers on the finish.”
Roth also earned 90 points from Wine Enthusiast for the 2016 Roth Heritage Red.
“Heritage is a red blend which celebrates the perseverant and relentless spirit of our forefathers. This wine is a tribute to our proud heritage and commemorates the many bold journeys that shaped our great country.”
Finishing up the trio of awards for Roth was the 2017 Roth Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, awarded 91 points and named among the Year’s Best Chardonnays by Wine & Spirits.
“Rich and full. The nose displays aromas of apple pie, citrus blossom and passion fruit. The palate is expressive and round with golden apple, Meyer lemon, nutmeg, Asian pear and vanilla from the oak influence.”
The 2016 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley was also recognized by Wine & Spirits, earning 91 points and named as a “Best Buy.”
“Floral currant scents flatter this wine with gamey sweetness even as its structure is lean, with some bitter mineral intensity gripping the finish. It’s tightly wound and red fruited, with a cactus like green edge− a substantive take on the Alexander Valley: generously fruited, tightly built, delicious.”
Learn more about the other Foley Family Wines earning recent acclaim by reading below.
ALTVS 2015 Napa Valley Chardonnay | Wine & Spirits, 90 points/Year’s Best Chardonnays
“This 2015 Altvs Chardonnay is beautifully balanced with a profile that is sophisticated and nuanced. Aromas of apple and pear are followed by integrated oak notes. This is a result of the small-berried clones of Chardonnay and the skin soaking method employed prior to fermentation. The palate is feminine in character, with delicate and elegant notes of apple, lemon meringue and a kiss of vanilla. The contribution of the grape skins is further evident in the rich and oily mouthfeel that gives the impression of great weight despite its modest alcohol.”
Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast | Wine Spectator Impact Global Newsletter, Impact Hot Prospect 2018 Award
“Since its founding in 1972, Chalk Hill has been Sonoma County’s benchmark producer. For over four decades the winery has produced exceptional wines that have received high acclaim from the trade, press and consumers. Nowhere else will you find such transitional terroir as this: nestled atop the cooler Russian River Valley, just over the ridge from the warmer Alexander Valley. Among the estate’s rugged hillsides, a scant few hundred acres make up a patchwork of carefully nurtured vineyards which rest atop the rocky soil where the Russian River once meandered. Here, nature is joined by artisans of the vineyard and cellar to bring forth wines that reflect the character and richness of this special place.”
2016 Kuleto Native Son | Las Vegas Int’l Wine Competition, 90 points & Gold Medal
“A collision of old and new world styles, the expected and not, this wine marries our juiciest and spiciest Cabernet Sauvignon and Melot, our most opulent, warm, fruit-driven Zinfandel, some dark peppery Petite Sirah, and our mouthwateringly grippy Sangiovese− just enough to drive your senses crazy. The resulting blend conjures up images of old head-trained California mixed field plantings. The 2016 Native Son showcases enticing aromas of red and black berries with hints of nutmeg, toasted wood, and a lingering spice. The palate is smooth with a silky mouthfeel that highlights the dark cherry and plum while notes of warm vanilla and baking spices give way to a length satisfying finish.”
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2016 Three Rivers Syrah | James Suckling, 90 points
“Rustic and juicy. Crushed berries, cured meats and slightly dusty notes fill the palate. This is a full bodied wine with excellent balance and a array of flavors that leads to a lingering finish.”