2016 Thomas Fogarty "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

SKU #1398286 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2016 Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Estate is a great introduction to the quality of this up and coming estate. It has a classic yet approachable style in its orchard fruits, white flowers, and subtle toasty, brioche-scented aromas and flavors. It’s rounded, nicely textured, balanced, and loaded with character.  (2/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Aromas of pear, pastry cream, subtle spice and blanched almonds introduce the lovely 2016 Chardonnay from Thomas Fogarty. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and flavorful and built around bright acids but also cut from more giving cloth than the more structured, taut vineyard-designate bottlings. The finish is long and pure. Enjoy this in its youth or for the better part of a decade. Established in the 1970s by Dr. Thomas Fogarty, a heart surgeon and medical inventor, this winery farms eight estate vineyards - in total some 26 acres - in the cool northern Skyline subregion of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Recent vintages from winemaker Nathan Kandler emphasize nuances of geology and climate: more restrained ripeness and more moderate oak influence set these bottlings apart from the Fogarty wines of yesteryear. Indeed, sometimes today's wines verge on the minimalist. (WK)  (5/2018)

90 points Vinous

 Fogarty's 2016 Chardonnay Estate is pliant, supple and inviting. Apricot, hazelnut, candied lemon peel are all woven together in this soft, open-knit Chardonnay, This is an especially succulent style for the appellation. An infusion of lightly tropical notes adds complexity on the finish. (AG)  (8/2018)

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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.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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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 (%): 13.5