Thomas Fogarty 2014 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Item Number: 10937
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Santa Cruz Mountains
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.4
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Vineyard Notes: The Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay is produced entirely from estate fruit. The Chardonnay comes from both the Winery Estate (64% Langley Hill, 18% Damiana, 4% Portola Springs, 3% Albutom) and the more southerly property Gist Ranch (11%). The Winery Estate provides the base of the blend and defines it’s bright, cool-climate character – think citrus and mineral elements. The warmer Gist Ranch provides some depth of fruit and weight.
Vintage Notes: 2014 was the second consecutive drought vintage and featured the earliest harvesting in Fogarty's 30+ year history. Early bud-break and flowering combined with relatively warm weather led to rapid development of sugar and flavor in many vineyards. Consequently, Fogarty had tremendous ripeness at low sugars, which produced wines with bright acidity and ample structure.
Tasting Notes: The Estate Chardonnay is all about bright citrus fruit, white flowers and mineral flavors that define the cool, maritime, mountainous site. The 2014 vintage has great concentration, balancing acidity and underlying minerality; this is serious site-driven Chardonnay.
93pts (2015 Vintage) Jeb Dunnuck 8/24/2017
"A blend of all four estate vineyards, the 2015 Chardonnay Estate is a beautiful, classic Chardonnay that’s a smoking value in California Chardonnay. White peach, salty minerality, white flowers and hints of vanilla all flow from this gorgeous, supple, seamless beauty. It has terrific flavor intensity and a great finish."