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The Estate 

 

Vineyards

The Vineyards of Foley Sonoma lie at the heart of our estate. Situated seven miles north of Healdsburg, the gently rolling estate gives us varied terrain and soil types that allow us to grow award winning grapes from a diverse selection of varietals. Our core viticulture focus is on the five noble Bordeaux grapes.

Cabernet Sauvignon plantings comprise five and a half acres divided among five distinct blocks ranging from valley floor to western facing slopes. Our second largest block is five acres of Merlot planted on the sandy loam soils of the Russian River. The remaining three noble varietals, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot blocks are all an acre or less and produce exceptional single varietal wines.

We are fortunate enough to be the stewards of a two acre block of Zinfandel that was planted in 1913. This treasure ignited our passion for making delightfully complex and expressive single block Zinfandel wine and is the inspiration for the two additional blocks of Zinfandel on our estate, the two acre head-pruned block surrounding the Estate Residence and the one acre East Block. Five and a half acres of Chardonnay are the beneficiaries of the well drained soils close to the Russian River and our plantings are rounded out by a one acre block of Tannat.

Winemaking

The wine style of Foley Sonoma is guided by a youthful enthusiasm and tireless dedication to the pursuit of quality and pleasure. We are a fun-loving group with a slightly irreverent attitude with respect to the traditional methods of producing and marketing wine. We go to considerable expense to grow and produce pure, balanced wines that are fully extracted, rich in complexity and exude depth of character. These wines are enjoyable in their youth, but also reward those with patience.

The wines of FoleySonoma are truly handcrafted, making use of both old-world traditional methods and the judicious integration of modern tools designed to allow for gentler handling of both fruit and wine. Our approach is sometimes risky, but the resulting bold, forward style is what we like to drink and we have found a growing following that also appreciates these wines.

The focus of our winemaking efforts is centered around the Cabernet family of varietals. Nonetheless, we also have a keen interest in Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Our annual production is roughly 4,000 to 6,000 cases, consisting of many small lots averaging in size from 200 to 400 cases each.