Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Chardonnay 2013
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"The closest thing in California you can get to a French Chablis." ~ Wine EnthusiastFrom Wine & Spirits' 2016 Winery of the Year, we've managed to get some of Thomas Fogarty's Santa Cruz Chardonnay. If you like a French Chablis style Chardonnay, this bottle is for you... It's bright and beautiful, with glorious citrus and ocean salt air. Think sushi and sashimi. Finer floral notes and almond candy add to the lovely complexity of this delicious Chardonnay, as does a wonderful minerality. Pour your first glasses and serve classic French escargots with them, in all their garlicky glory. Your diners will thank you. The brightness of this Fogarty is terrific with fried foods - our favorite: fried chicken, but it's no slacker with fish and chips either. Try your hand at a French Pochouse, a creamy fish stew with carrots, leeks and potatoes. The citrus and sea salt are perfect opposite the creaminess of the dish. A delicious vegetarian option is spring vegetable risotto. Make sure you've got ramps in there, and if you're feeling flush, add some Maine lobster. The minerality of this California Chardonnay will close the meal perfectly with your favorite aged chevre. What are you waiting for winelovers??
Wine Enthusiast: Designated Editors' Choice. "From one of the preeminent Chardonnay producers in the country comes their least expensive yet perhaps most stunning bottling, showing strong lemon rind, sea salt, Gravenstein apple and a floral touch of honeysuckle on the nose. The wondrously zippy and saline palate is framed by a grippy, grapefruit-rind-led tension, but opens just enough to allow the slightest hints of lemon curd and delicate marzipan warmth." Sep 2016
Winery: "Our Estate (Santa Cruz) Chardonnay blends the 5 sites on our mountain Estates. Bright, juicy and vivid with citrus and minerality. Classic Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay.
Our 2013 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay is nearly entirely from our vineyards (99%): the Winery Estate and Gist Ranch. 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: 2013 will go down as one of the earliest harvest in the history of Thomas Fogarty Winery. The vines responded to the drought-like winter conditions and mild spring by budding out very early. Bloom began in early May in the Will’s Cabin Pinot Noir, a month earlier than the norm. We experienced a particularly windy May that was punctuated by a low pressure system that rolled though the last week of the month dropping almost a quarter-inch of rain. This severely lowered yields in some of our later flowering, and best, vineyards: Rapley Trail, Albutom and Portola Springs. Yields were also likely lower across the board due to the lack of winter rainfall the last two seasons. The majority of our vineyards were dry-farmed this year. This resulted in thicker skins, more tannin and great flavors, but likely less fruit - such is the trade-off between quality and quantity in viticulture. Harvest began with the early ripening Swan Pinot Noir in Will’s Cabin on August 17 and, strangely, finished with Gewürztraminer on October 4."
Varietal: Estate Chardonnay
13.5% Total Acidity g/L:
6.7 pH: 3.3 Aging: 12 months in French oak, 7 months in stainless steel
Region: Santa Cruz Mountains, Central Coast, California
Limited to 1,200 dozen