Thomas Fogarty 2016 Gewurztraminer, Monterey County
Item Number: 13617
Sub Region: Monterey
Vineyard Designation: Viento Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Gewurztraminer
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Calcareous shale
Vineyard Notes: The Scheid Viento Vineyard is situated on a gradual east-facing slope on the western side of the Salinas Valley at the foot of the Santa Lucia Mountains. The soil is composed of well-draining, calcareous shale. The climate is cool and windy. Since Fogarty's first vintage in 1984, they have been consistently impressed with the quality of Gewürztraminer they source from Monterey County.
Winemaking Notes: The Gewurztraminer is harvested in two passes; both in early September. The team at Fogarty looks for disparate ripeness in the two picks to bring complexity, exotic notes and brightness to the final blend. The riper fruit has more exotic character while the not fully developed grapes have crunchy acidity and more ginger and spice notes. The riper lot is crushed on its skins and then pressed, giving this fraction a bit of skin contact; the second lot is pressed whole cluster. The two lots are combined and fermented together at 52-56 degrees for two months.
Tasting Notes: The Thomas Fogarty Gewürztraminer displays classic rose, jasmine and ginger aromatics. Thomas Fogarty strives for balance when making Gewürztraminer, a grape that seems almost naturally prone to excess. Texture, flavor, acid, and fruit—balance is the key.