Thomas Fogarty ''Rapley Trail Vineyard'' Pinot Noir 2014- Santa Cruz, CA
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
The Rapley Trail Vineyard has a unique aromatic signature which is reminiscent of incense, north-African spice and forest floor. The '14 vintage is red fruited with great texture, harmony and richness, and is beautifully balanced. It will likely need a year or two to reach its apogee, but should provide many years of deliciousness.
"2014 was the second consecutive drought vintage and featured the earliest harvesting in our 30+ year history. Early bud-break and flowering combined with relatively warm weather throughout the growing season led to rapid development of sugar and flavor in many vineyards. Consequently we had tremendous ripeness at relatively low sugars which produced wines with bright acidity and ample structure.
Our winemaking is focused on allowing the unique signature of each vineyard site to be expressed. We began picking in Rapley on September 14 and made 5 separate picks, finishing two weeks later on September 28. We utilized an average of 33% whole clusters in the spontaneous fermentations for their positive contribution to aromatics and mouthfeel. Time on skins averaged 14 days. We separated the press fractions and chose to exclude the wine in this vintage. The 2012 Rapley Trail Vineyard rested in 30% new, 3 year air-dried, tight-grained French oak for 18 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered."
– Tom Fogarty, Jr.