2013 Thomas Fogarty "Langley Hill Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

SKU #1274202 95 points Vinous

 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)  (6/2015)

93 points 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.  (8/2016)

91 points 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)  (10/2015)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Santa Cruz Mountains

- Vineyards dot the valleys and ridges of this coastal AVA just south of San Francisco. Microclimates make it difficult to generalize, and vineyards are frequently separated by acres of forests and meadowlands (not to mention entire towns!), but this is nonetheless known as a cooler-climate zone ideal for pinot noir. Ridge is doubtless the most famous local producer, with its cabernet blend, Monte Bello, named after a Santa Cruz mountain peak. High-quality, low-production chardonnay and some Rhône varietals prosper as well.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.1