Thomas Fogarty 2018 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Item Number: 15813
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(%): 14.3
Total Acidity: 6.9
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Lambert shale, siltstone, and sandstone
Tasting Notes: The Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Chardonnay showcases orchard fruits and brioche-scented aromas and flavors. It’s rounded, nicely textured, and balanced.
Winemaking Notes: This Chardonnay hails from the Santa Cruz Mountains, which is defined by a mountainous, maritime climate. The vineyards that produced this 2018 vintage were farmed using organic and biodynamic methods. In the winery, Fogarty has a minimalist approach to ensure the maximum expression of his vineyards. The grapes are whole cluster pressed into barrels for barrel fermentation using native yeast. Malolactic fermentation occurs spontaneously. The wine ages for 11 months in French oak, 20% new and an additional 7 months in tank. Basically the "ingredients" list for this delicious Chardonnay reads as: grapes and as little sulfites as possible.
Vintage Notes from Vinous 5/2022: "I have to tell you, I absolutely adore this vintage. The wines are rich, deep and beautifully layered. There’s so much to the 2018s. The wines are intense and yet they never feel heavy or overdone in any way. It is an exceptionally strong vintage for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, the three main varieties found here [Santa Cruz Mountains]." - Antonio Galloni