The Sun Valley Wine Auction July 22 to July 24--held to raise money for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts--brought a number of winemakers and reps passing through Boise on their way to the event. One such visitor was Foley Family Wines' COO Kerry Manahan-Ehlow. Foley Family Wines represents a worthy lineup of more than a dozen different wineries including Sebastiani and Firestone, and owner Bob Foley is a fascinating man with a diverse background. A West Point graduate with a law degree, he heads the Fidelity Title Insurance company as well as Foley Family Wines. Here's a glimpse of what Foley Family has to offer:
2009 Clifford Sauvignon Blanc, $9.99
This New Zealand winery produces a somewhat subdued version of Sauvignon Blanc, given its country of origin. This wine pens with lively aromas highlighted by crisp lemon, lime and gooseberry. The racy citrus fruit flavors have a nice touch of the tropics with soft layers of papaya, pineapple and mango. The finish is oh-so-refreshing and marked by pleasant, just-bitter citrus zest.
2008 Firestone Riesling, $9.99
This is consistently one of the finest Rieslings coming out of California and is an exceptional value. It's very floral on the nose, with lightly spicy rose petal, stone fruit and ripe melon. The racy fruit flavors are perfectly balanced by crisp citrus with apricot, white peach and blood orange coloring the palate and a nice kiss of lemon zest on the finish.
2007 Lincourt Chardonnay, $15.99
This winery has a special connection for Foley: it's named for his two daughters, Lindsay and Courtney. The chardonnay is made in a nicely understated style with smooth and subtle toasty oak. Green apple and tropical fruit aromas define the nose. On the palate there's a definite richness from the 12 months it spends on the yeast. Elegantly structured, the sweet apple and pear flavors are enticingly fresh. Think you don't like California chardonnay? Think again.