Chalk Hill, Chalone & Foley Estates Ring in 2018 with Honors

January 26, 2018

Four of Foley Family Wines’ best celebrated the new year by recently earning top honors from both Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator.

The 2016 Chalk Hill Mt. Eden Clone Pinot Noir was awarded 92 points from Wine Spectator, who offered the following:

“Refreshing with its cast of wild raspberry and jam, blackberry, currant and floral scents. It's rich, mixing flavors with textural nuance and complexity. Drink now through 2026.”

Chalone and Foley Estates were recognized separately by Wine Enthusiast with 90+ scores and inclusion in their coveted Best of Year issue for 2017. The 2013 Chalone Estate Grenache received 92 points from Wine Enthusiast, who wrote…

“Classic and compelling aromas of rose petal, candied boysenberry, hibiscus reduction and vanilla brioche show on the nose of this wine from a rugged appellation east of the Salinas Valley. The firmly structured palate shows rose petals and tart berries dusted by fennel pollen, white pepper and chaparral spice.”

The 2015 Foley Estates JA Ranch Chardonnay drew high praise along with its 92 points rating.

“The tang of orange rinds and fresh lemon cake meet with hints of toasted coconut and white flowers on the nose of this solid bottling by Bill Foley's eponymous winery. The texture is crisp but grippy and tense on the sip, with seared orange slices and oak smoke flavors.”

The inclusion of a second Foley Estates Chardonnay in the same Best of Year issue shows just how strong and consistent Foley Estates winemaking is across all their vineyards. Its 2015 Foley Estates T Anchor Ranch Chardonnay secured 91 points, eliciting this from the publication:

“Buttercream, sweet butter, marmalade, baking spice, brown sugar and sea salt converge on the nose of this bottling, named after the Foley family's Texas ranches. Sea salt, vanilla, lemon peel and frozen-butter flavors show on the sip, which is fatter in the midpalate but cut by the savory saltiness.”

All four of these wines may be purchased directly by clicking on the links below or contacting their respective tasting rooms.

2016 Chalk Hill Mt. Eden Clone Pinot Noir
Purchase Online - 92 Points Wine Spectator
Visit Chalk Hill or call the tasting room at 707-657-4837 for more information.

2013 Chalone Estate Grenache
Purchase Online - 92 Points Wine Enthusiast
Visit Chalone Vineyard or call the tasting room at 707-933-3235 for more information.

2015 Foley Estates JA Ranch Chardonnay
Purchase Online - 92 Points Wine Enthusiast

2015 Foley Estates T Anchor Ranch Chardonnay
Purchase Online - 91 Points Wine Enthusiast
Visit Foley Estates or call the tasting room at 805-737-6222 for more information.

More from Chalone Vineyard

About Chalone's Vineyards

Chalone Vineyard is the sole winery in the Chalone American Viticultural Area (AVA), a federally designated area that has climatic, geologic and geographic features that distinguish it from the land surrounding it.

Plan a Visit to Chalone Vineyard

Monterey’s first winery, Chalone Vineyard is nestled amongst the Pinnacle mountains in Monterey County. The Chalone tasting room is located about 20 minutes off Highway 101 bordering the Pinnacles National Park.

Earn Points on Chalone Wine Purchases

Chalone Vineyard is a proud member of the Foley Food & Wine Society. As an FFWS member, you’ll be enrolled in our Society Points program. Receive points for every dollar you spend with The Society. Use your points to unlock incredible rewards.

The Chalone Pinnacle Wine Club

Receive access to special pre-release and limited-production bottlings and invitations to private member-only events. Club members receive discounts on wine and merchandise and complimentary tastings for up to 4 people. Plus, you will receive complimentary tastings and a minimum 10% discount on wine and merchandise purchases at any of our Sister properties.