Lexington Wine Co.
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Country of Origin: USA
Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
People: Tom Fogarty, Owner | Nathan Kandler, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
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.
"Proprietor Tommy Fogarty and Winemaker Nathan Kandler make the Lexington wines from the Fogarty family's Gist Ranch, which sits at about 2,300 feet above sea level. Gist Ranch lies 17 miles south of the Fogarty estate. The warmer microclimate is suitable for the cultivation of Bordeaux varieties. Altitude and proximity to the Pacific Ocean play an important role in shaping wines that offer good fruit depth along with a good deal of savoriness."
Jeb Dunnuck 8/2017
"The Lexington Wine Co. is the Bordeaux label for Thomas Fogarty. These wines come from the Gist Ranch Vineyard, with is located just off Skyline road, in the more southern portion of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The quality here is more than noteworthy and these beauties shine for their balance, purity and length."
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."