There couldn’t be a better estate to represent the marriage of sustainable viticulture and extreme value in the final product. Across the board, the wines from this estate impressed our tasting panel with their focus and approachability.
Folded Hills is a relatively new project by the Busch family, natives of the Santa Ynez Valley. The winery rounds out the farmstead and ranch operations at their family estate with operations managed by their winemaker Angela Osborne and their vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano.
The estate covers 600 acres but only has 20 planted to vine. Ruben has strict standards that incorporate some biodynamic practices into an organic farming regimen, all of which is led and managed by an in-house team with various intercropping methods being used to bring more nutrients to the soil. The focus is on cool-climate Rhône varieties, with the majority of acreage dedicated to Syrah and Grenache. Some fruit is purchased from organically farmed vineyards in the valley as well.
The Ballard Canyon Syrah 2015 is a showstopper, full of berry and cherry notes contrasted with telltale spice. The August Red 2015 is a lush blend of Syrah and Grenache that brings to mind wild herbs and flowers. The Estate Lily Rosé 2016 (DAILY WINE) really impressed our panel with combination of extreme value and lip-smacking freshness and clean focused notes.
TASTING ROOM Open by appointment.
MAILING LIST Currently open.
SALES Website and national distribution.
WINERY TOURS n/a.
PRIVATE EVENTS n/a.
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