Thomas Fogarty 2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

Thomas Fogarty 2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

Item Number: 9921

UPC: 0-746675309719

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Santa Cruz Mountains
Vintage: 2013
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.1
Total Acidity: 5.8
pH: 3.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 3335

Pinot Noir Clones: Heritage and Dijon

Vineyard Notes: The Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir is sourced from vineyards from four distinct regions within the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA: the fractured shales of the two Estate Vineyards high upon Skyline Boulevard, coastal Corralitos, the rugged and rocky Los Gatos hills and the Summit Road 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 Mountain character.

Vintage Notes: 2013 will go down as one of the earliest harvest in the history of Thomas Fogarty Winery. The vines responded to the drought-like winter conditions and mild spring by budding out very early. Bloom began in early May in the Will’s Cabin Pinot Noir, a month earlier than the norm. A particularly windy May was punctuated by a low pressure system that rolled though the last week of the month, dropping almost a quarter-inch of rain. This severely lowered yields in some of Fogarty's later flowering and best vineyards: Rapley Trail, Albutom and Portola Springs. Yields were also likely lower across the board due to the lack of winter rainfall the last two seasons. The majority of the vineyards were dry-farmed this year which resulted in thicker skins, more tannin and great flavors, but likely less fruit - such is the trade off between quality and quantity in viticulture. Harvest began with the early ripening Swan Pinot Noir in Will’s Cabin on August 17 and, strangely, finished with Gewürztraminer on October 4.

Winemaking Notes: The winemaking is focused on allowing the unique signature of each vineyard site to be expressed. All the Pinot Noir is fermented in small lots, primarily one ton. An average of 25-33% whole clusters is utilized. Fermentation occurs with native yeast. The Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir is bottled after 11 months in French oak, 20% of which is new.

Tasting Notes: Dark cherry fruit, earth and spice box flavors are long and the texture and tannins are balanced.


  • Vinous
    Rating: 88 (7/1/2015)

    Fogarty's 2013 Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains is a pretty, fruit-driven wine to drink young, while the flavors remain bright. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries and cinnamon grace the supple, open-knit finish. The Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot is predominantly made from purchased fruit.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (10/29/2015)

    A killer value, there’s roughly 4,000 cases of the 2013 Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains, and it saw 33% whole clusters and 11 months in 20% new French oak. Coming mostly from purchased fruit from a number of sites, it has lots of whole cluster notes of pepper, violets and spice to go with upfront, lively notes of black cherries and black raspberry. Medium-bodied, elegant and already delicious, drink it over the coming 4-5 years.