2013 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir SKU #1314336


WE 94 RP 91
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K&L Notes

"One of the rising stars of the Santa Cruz Mountains is Thomas Fogarty Winery, which is owned and run by the Fogarty Family, with the wines made by the young, talented Nathan Kandler. The estate consists of numerous, tiny vineyards spread mostly around the estate, and they normally release numerous single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. As with the other Santa Cruz Mountain estates, dismal weather in May caused horrible fruit set problems, and yields were decimated (so much so they had to combine numerous normally single vineyard parcels just to fill a fermenter). There’s very little of these to go around, but they’re smoking good wines and well worth the extra effort to track down." -Jeb Dunnuck

Staff Reviews

  • Anthony Gittings
    By: Anthony Gittings
    K&L Staff Member
    Thomas Fogarty Vineyards has been making quality wine for over thirty five years in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They are devoted to practicing organic and biodynamic farming in order to preserve the land for generations to come. All of their wines are expressive, but the 2013 Pinot Noir stood out to me. Fresh raspberries, a touch of elegant wood is accompanied by bright acid and a long dry finish. Beautiful floral tones and a touch of earthiness round out this stellar wine.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    This Pinot Noir from Thomas Fogarty screams Santa Cruz Mountain terroir. It is a blend of 8 different locations that are all estate and include cool mountain and maritime climates. Lean and fresh, this wine shows flavors of red cherries, plum, rose and some dried herb. With an alcohol level of just 13.1%, this super drinkable Pinot is a rare find among other big, ripe California Pinots.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an elegant Pinot with old world intrigue. Sourced from vineyards that range from 400-2,600 feet in elevation and planted on shale soil, the wine has an expansive, smooth and clean palate, with a gamy and spicy undertone. Fermented with naturally occurring yeasts, the wine reflects the Santa Cruz mountain terroir, with rocky minerality and Bing and black cherry aromas and flavors.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Do not let the fact that this is the “entry level” Fogarty Pinot Noir fool you. This is outrageous wine, entirely under-valued and full of Pinot greatness. From numerous estate and non-estate sites Tom Jr. and Nathan Kandler have quilted together a wildly expressive wine that speaks of the Santa Cruz Mountains. From numerous sub-regions of the appellation this includes fruit that was grown from 400-2,600 feet elevation and that mountainside structure pulls this wine along seamlessly. Light, tangy and full of crunchy, red fruited snap it is worth the price of admission just to experience the playful tension between ripe pomegranates, plum and white cherry fruit and the zesty acid that Pinot Noir is known for from the area. But then comes the loaded finish that has chaparral, white floral and sage components that will leave you wanting glass after glass. In the world of crazy priced Pinot Noir these days this wine strikes out as something incredibly special.


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