Lexington Wine Co.

Country of Origin: USA
Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
People: Tom Fogarty, Owner | Nathan Kandler, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


Lexington Wine Co. 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains Login W&S 91 AG 90 In Stock

Lexington has its conceptual origins in the late 1970s, when Dr. Thomas Fogarty and Michael Martella founded Thomas Fogarty Winery. At that time they sought knowledge from Paul Draper (Ridge) and Jeffrey Patterson (Mount Eden), who were recognized pioneers of the region. During this period, Fogarty and Martella grew to love the Bordeaux varietals produced by Ridge and Mount Eden. They knew that the property they farmed was too cold to be suitable for wines of this type, but were determined to one day establish a vineyard planted to Bordeaux varieties. Today Tom Fogarty, Jr and Nathan Kandler are the keepers of this vision, and they carry it forward with the exacting and high standards set years ago.

The Lexington wines are sourced from the spectacular Gist Ranch Estate Vineyard located in the heart of Santa Cruz Mountains. Gist Ranch is located on the Pacific Plate in Santa Cruz County at an elevation of 2,400 feet. It is 17 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon vines were planted by the Fogarty family in 2000, and were carefully farmed to establish optimal organic, sustainable farming practices for ten years before the first release in 2011. There is great importance placed on microbial diversity. Cover-cropping, compost and vermi-compost teas are used to build the mico-flora and fauna of the soil. Irrigation has nearly been eliminated because the soil is so healthy. Most blocks are dry farmed even in drought years. The heavily fractured, Vaqueros Sandstone soils and unique mountain micro-climate produce singular, deeply concentrated wines that demonstrate the power and elegance of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.

Wine Advocate 10/2015
"The wines lean towards the fresher, more medium-bodied, elegant end of the spectrum; they are beautifully made and will have lengthy drink windows."


  • Lexington Wine Co. 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains
    Wine & Spirits
    Rating: 91 (2/1/2015)

    This starts off tight and spicy, with aromas of cedar bark and the bright acidity of a barely ripe blackberry. It turns softer with air, relaxing into a cushioned cassis tone that's delicious if not particularly complex. Leave it in the cellar for a few more years, then open it for a roast beef.
  • Lexington Wine Co. 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains
    Rating: 90 (7/1/2014)

    The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Gist Ranch Estate is the most complete of the three single variety wines in the range. Firm tannins lend support in a beautifully textured, inviting red. Hints of lavender, violets, cloves, new leather and menthol add the final layers of nuance on the deep, dense finish.