Thomas Fogarty 2014 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

Thomas Fogarty 2014 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

Item Number: 10937

UPC: 0-746675119813

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Santa Cruz Mountains
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.4
pH: 3.43
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

Vineyard Notes: The Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay is produced entirely from estate fruit. The Chardonnay comes from both the Winery Estate (64% Langley Hill, 18% Damiana, 4% Portola Springs, 3% Albutom) and the more southerly property Gist Ranch (11%). The Winery Estate provides the base of the blend and defines it’s bright, cool-climate character – think citrus and mineral elements. The warmer Gist Ranch provides some depth of fruit and weight.

Vintage Notes: 2014 was the second consecutive drought vintage and featured the earliest harvesting in Fogarty's 30+ year history. Early bud-break and flowering combined with relatively warm weather led to rapid development of sugar and flavor in many vineyards. Consequently, Fogarty had tremendous ripeness at low sugars, which produced wines with bright acidity and ample structure.

Tasting Notes: The Estate Chardonnay is all about bright citrus fruit, white flowers and mineral flavors that define the cool, maritime, mountainous site. The 2014 vintage has great concentration, balancing acidity and underlying minerality; this is serious site-driven Chardonnay.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (7/1/2016)

    The 2014 Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains is a gorgeous entry-level offering from Fogarty. Orange jam, honeysuckle, mint and sweet spices flesh out in a succulent, expressive Chardonnay to drink now and over the next few years. The 2014 is pliant, open and absolutely delicious today. The 2014 is mostly Langley Hill and Damiana.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (10/28/2016)

    Coming all from estate vineyards and fermented and aged in French oak (it spends six months in tank prior to bottling), the 2014 Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains is a sexy, layered, classic Chardonnay that has lots of buttered apples, white flowers and a touch of white peach in a medium-bodied, forward, ready to go style.