Thomas Fogarty 2017 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

Thomas Fogarty 2017 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

Item Number: 14685

UPC: 0-746675309719

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Santa Cruz Mountains
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sandstone, Fractured Shale

Vineyard Notes: This Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir is sourced from vineyards from four distinct regions within the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA: the fractured sand stones of Will’s Cabin Vineyard high upon Skyline Blvd, coastal Corralitos, the cool La Honda region and the Summit Rd area, which has the highest elevations in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Each vineyard is vinified to highlight it’s own signature identity; this blend harmonizes and intensifies the regional Santa Cruz Mountains character.

Vintage Notes: Record setting rains replenished thirsty soils and gave the old vines a much needed reprieve from four drought stressed seasons. The 2017 vintage was another year of record setting heat, continuing the region's string of record setting temperatures. Luckily, Spring was mild and allowed the Fogarty team to set the best crop seen since 2012. A torrid heat spike over the labor day started the growing season with a bang. The weather following was mild and allowed for the latest harvest the Fogarty's have seen in some time. It will go down as a vintage with good yields and potentially great quality.

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 and fermented without the addition of yeast. The maceration period lasts from 2-3 weeks, including a 3-7 day cold soak. This Pinot Noir was aged in French oak, primarily from the forest of Chatillon. This Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir is bottled after appoximately 10 months in barrel.

Tasting Notes: 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.


  • Vinous
    Rating: 90 (10/20/2019)

    The 2017 Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains) is a very pretty entry-level wine. Blood orange, sweet red cherry, sage, mint and rose petal add an exotic flair to this super-appealing, mid-weight Pinot Noir from Fogarty. The 2017 has enough freshness and structure to drink well for at least a handful of years.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (2/6/2020)

    Made mostly from purchased fruit, the 2017 Pinot Noir is pale to medium ruby in the glass and has a spicy nose of roasted cranberries, rhubarb, fresh pomegranate and Bing cherries with notes of dried herbs, dried flowers and garrigue. Light to medium-bodied, the palate is delicate and restrained, with pleasant amaro and orange-peel-like bitterness, a firm, lightly chalky texture and seamless freshness, finishing spiced.