2014 Foley-Johnson Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir (Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills AVA, California)
Good morning! Today we'll start off the day with a beautiful Pinot from Foley-Johnson, made by David Ramey from estate grown fruit from Foley's holdings in the Rancho Santa Rosa Vineyard, which were formerly used to raise thoroughbred horses. This wine has lovely delicate aromatics, with cherry cobbler, and raspberries on the nose but unlike many California Pinots, especially those from the Russian River Valley, this demonstrates a bit of restraint on the palate, with elegant tannins and round and precise and pure but not overwhelming fruits. You don't notice the 14.3% abv at all; this would be a nice summer sipper, or go well with duck, chicken, or pork and other grilled meats. This is pretty widely available around $20 at which price point it's a great deal. It's not very complex and I would drink it within 2-3 years but it is a lovely wine that's easy to drink and has great aromatics and fresh, pure fruit, nicely reflecting the cooler climate of the Central Coast.