Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir 2014 - Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
The 2014 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir beautifully reflects this early, but supremely balanced growing season. This vintage will be remembered as somewhat of a hybrid of the two preceding years: featuring the forward fruit of 2012 and the structure of 2013. The fruit character is more red than black with balancing acid and tannin. Full of energy, the flavors and texture of this wine are unmistakably Santa Cruz Mountains in origin with cherry fruit highlighted by spice, mineral and tea accents. It should drink well over the mid term, 4-7 years at minimum.
What began as a pastime is today the Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyard, one of the San Francisco Peninsula's most respected wineries. A Stanford Cardiovascular Surgeon and world-renowned inventor, Thomas Fogarty took up home winemaking in the early 1970's in a small cabin on the current winery site. He planted his first grapes in 1978, and in 1981 established a commercial winery in the historic grape growing region of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Twenty-five acres of Burgundian-style varietals are planted on the 325-acre estate, focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and small lots of Merlot and Sangiovese. The winery property, located directly west of Palo Alto and Stanford University, sits on Skyline Blvd. at a 2000-foot elevation. The long, cool growing season and excellent sun exposure provide an ideal climate for these grape varieties. Dr. Fogarty's vision is to produce high quality, character-filled wines which take full advantage of the unique soil and climate of this appellation.