2018 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $38)

SKU #1551621 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This winery makes some of the more exciting wines in California right now, and this appellation blend offers a more affordable look at the style. Aromas of black raspberry, thyme, lavender and rose petals lead into a taut, energetic and expansive palate of fresh fruit and flower flavors. Brisk acidity pumps to the finish. *Editors’ Choice* (MK) Inner quote mark (7/2021)


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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2021 | Send Email
Sitting high on Skyline Rd, at the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Thomas Fogarty is one of the crown jewels of the appellation. Winemaker, Nathan Kandler, has steadily built a reputation as one of the best winemakers of his generation, crafting wonderfully pure wines that speak with clarity and confidence about this world-class, cool-climate terroir. The Santa Cruz Mountains bottling from Fogarty combines several blocks of their own estate vineyards with other small family growers across the mountains. The sources include four different sub-regions: Corralitos, Summit, Skyline, La Honda - and the blend expertly captures the magic of these mountains and their potential to produce sensational Pinot Noir. Beautifully expressive right from the first pour with wonderful floral tones of red rose, bramble fruit, baking spice and coastal redwood forest. The palate is brimming with pure, ripe, delicious red berry fruits, ground spices, subtle Amaro like alpine herb tones. Medium bodied with perfectly weighted fruit and vibrant, energetic acidity that really gives lift and potency to the aromas and flavors. Subtle oak spice rounds out the suave finish with lingering floral tones and earthy spice. Exquisite Pinot Noir by any measure, and a truly faithful rendition of what the Santa Cruz Mountains has to offer lovers of this grape. I can't recommend this wine any more highly, don't miss it!
Top Value! Drink from 2021 to 2030

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