Foley Family Wines announced it has purchased the Ramal East Vineyard in the Carneros appellation of Sonoma County. The purchase includes approximately 206 acres planted mainly to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The grapes will be used primarily to support Chalk Hill Estate's new Sonoma Coast tier of wines. The tier is scheduled to launch in 2013 with the release of a small amount of the 2011 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay into limited distribution. Future plans call for increased production of Chardonnay in 2012 and 2013 and the introduction of a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir with the 2013 vintage. These wines will be marketed at a lower price point than Chalk Hill's Estate wines.
According to proprietor Bill Foley, "With the launch of the new Sonoma Coast tier we needed to make sure the winemaking team had access to a consistent supply of high-quality fruit. When the opportunity arose to purchase a first-rate vineyard in Carneros we jumped at the prospect. This great piece of land will provide Chalk Hill with enough Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to support the growth we have projected for this new tier of wines."