2013 Thomas Fogarty "Langley Hill Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
The 2013 Chardonnay Langley Hill Vineyard is all about brightness and focus, with plenty of floral and green orchard fruit. This is one of the more aromatic, lifted Chardonnays in the range. Beams of acidity give the 2013 an added kick of energy on the close. The 2013 finishes with knock-out aromatics and tons of complexity. This stylish, impeccable Chardonnay should drink well for at least a handful of years. Thomas Fogarty remains the single most exciting estate in the Santa Cruz Mountain people have likely never heard about. Then again, production levels are tiny. The wines have gone from strength to strength since I started following the estate a few years back...Readers should do whatever they can to taste these fine, handcrafted wines from proprietor Tommy Fogarty and winemaker Nathan Kandler. (AG)
Wine & Spirits
Langley Hill is a cool, east-facing Chardonnay vineyard planted in 1980, often the last block to ripen on the Fogarty family’s mountaintop estate. In 2013, winemaker Nathan Kandler caught the vineyard’s grapes at what feels like peak precision. There’s a stony clarity to this wine, and a crisp white floral tone that lasts. The bright, sharply etched structure suggests that it’s worth keeping in the cellar for three or four years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Coming from the largest Chardonnay site on the estate (5.5 acres) and a steep, southeast facing slope, the 2013 Chardonnay Langley Hill Vineyard is bright and juicy, with lots of marine characteristics in its seashell, citrus and salty minerality. Medium-bodied, pretty, pure, and layered with the vibrant acidity that's present in all of Fogarty's wines, give it a year and drink bottles through 2023. This was aged 15 months in 100% new French oak, but it doesn't show a trace of it. An estate that deserves more attention in the market, Thomas Fogarty has been making single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay (and some Bordeaux blends), from the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1981. (JD)