Thomas Fogarty 2014 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

Thomas Fogarty 2014 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

Item Number: 11653

UPC: 0-746675309719

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Santa Cruz Mountains
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Total Acidity: 0.56 g/100mL
pH: 3.55
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sandstone, Fractured Shale
Case Production: 3025

Vineyard Notes: This Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir is sourced from vineyards from four distinct regions within the cool, mountainous and maritime AVA. Each vineyard is vinified to highlight its own signature identity; this blend harmonizes and intensifies the regional Santa Cruz Mountain character.

Winemaking Notes: Thomas Fogarty's winemaking is focused on allowing the unique signature of each vineyard site to be expressed. The Pinot Noir is fermented in small lots, 25-33% whole cluster, and fermented without the addition of yeast. The maceration period lasts from 14-21 days, including a 3-7 day cold soak. This Pinot Noir was aged in 3-year French oak, primarily from the forest of Chatillon, of which 15% were new for the 2014 vintage. This Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir is bottled after 10 months in barrel.

Tasting Notes: This 2014 Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir reflects an early, but supremely balanced growing season. 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.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 89 (6/1/2016)

    The 2014 Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains is another tasty, entry-level wine from Fogarty. Rose petal, bright red stone fruit and mint give the 2014 much of its lifted, aromatic personality. This is a decidedly gracious, mid-weight style. The 35% whole clusters are very nicely balanced.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (10/28/2016)

    A lively, fresh, floral, peppery and berry-fruited effort, the 2014 Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains (one-third whole cluster) from the team at Fogarty is medium-bodied, elegant and impeccably put together. It opens up nicely with time in the glass, has nicely integrated acidity and clean, classy feel that will drink nicely for 4-5 years.