2013 Thomas Fogarty "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay SKU #1291908

Price: $34.99

WE 95 VN 92 RP 91
W&S 91
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K&L Notes

The Thomas Fogarty Winery has been around since 1981. But, they've perhaps never made better, more consistently amazing wines than what they are making right now. From their baby label Skyline, to their top flight single vineyards, they're quickly becoming one of the superstars of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation. Now in the hands of the very capable Tom Fogarty Jr. and one of the hottest up-and-coming winemakers in Nathan Kandler, it seems like they can do no wrong with their lively Chardonnays and their sublime Pinots.

Staff Reviews

  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2013 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay is 99% Estate fruit and 100% delicious. From all five Estate blocks this emanates from the glass with blanched almond meat, husked wheat, whole hazelnuts and fried polenta. Bright and energetic with a plush core of golden fruits and Shitake mushroom this shows both the power and savory intensity so often though of from SCM Chardonnay. Add Macadamia nut flesh, some forest floor flavors and fresh green herbs to the long and resonating finish and you really have a special Chardonnay that is not just built on texture and wine making but on the amazing raw material that Fogarty has to pull from. This really reminded me of a top flight St. Aubin at its very best but with Corton structure. Wouldn’t that be something?
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    I don't think you could go wrong with this bottle of wine as it is quite delicious and a good deal. This Chardonnay is made from a winery that's been in the business since 1981 and is made of all estate, single-vineyard fruit from the Santa Cruz mountains. Lemon creme, fresh peaches, white floral and ocean spray are interlaced with bright acid and a weighty mouthfeel.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    Santa Cruz has quickly become one of my go to areas for serious (and seriously good) wine here in California. Although I am most familiar with the spectacular offerings from Domain Eden I am always happy to taste some one else'. I have had my eye on Thomas Fogarty, but had not had a chance to taste the Chardonnay until now. I must say I am super impressed. The wine has been allowed to go through malo, but in a very natural way. This gives the wine some weight, smoke, and richness. Due to the elevation though there is plenty of acid here to balance that out. Complex with alternating layers of fruit, oak, minerality, and acid this is a serious offering.
  • Anthony Gittings
    By: Anthony Gittings
    K&L Staff Member
    This is classic Santa Cruz style Chardonnay. A bright and fresh wine that is harmoniously balanced with bright juicy acid, clean fresh fruit and a rich complex body. Not afraid to let the grapes speak for themselves, this embodies the purity of wine making.


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