Thomas Fogarty

Pinot Noir

Santa Cruz Mtns.
Central Coast
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Pinot Noir
Flavors & Qualities
Red Cherry Red Cherry
Mint Mint
Mineral Mineral
Linked Character
Organic Organic
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Palate Character

Balance & Finesse 2 Rich & Full 2 Light & Bright 2 Smooth & Silky 2 Round & Fleshy 2 Tone & Backbone 1 Powerful & Extracted 2 Bright & Crisp 2
Tone & Backbone
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This is a predominantly Tone & Backbone wine, but it shares structural nuances of Smooth & Silky as described in the tasting note below.

Tasting Notes
A medium bodied wine that straddles Tone and Backbone and Smooth and Silky with attractive red and black cherry fruit that combines subtle complex notes of minty herbal tea, mineral, flowers, and spice.
Medium Red/Ruby
Pinot Noir
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Why this wine made the cut…
Subtlety and complexity is where it lives.
Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Pinot Noir
100% Pee-NO NWAR
Pinot Noir is arguably the most revered grape variety in the world with origins in Burgundy, France where the best expressions can still be found. Pinot Noir is not only a tough grape to grow, it also shows miniscule differences in terroir arguably more than any other grape variety. Stylistically, it is generally higher in acid and lower in tannin but can vary depending on the location, and winemaking technique. It is very versatile with food, and shows a range of flavor from red and black fruit, floral, spice, earth, and mineral qualities.
Country / State
Central Coast
Sub Region
Santa Cruz Mtns.
Thomas Fogarty
Nathan Kandler
Total Production
12,528 bottles
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Thomas Fogarty

Santa cruz mountains

Thomas Fogarty vineyards are situated between 1,650 and 2,000 feet above sea level in the Santa Cruz mountains. These high-altitude, ocean-influenced sites offer a long, cool growing season perfect for pinot noir and chardonnay.

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The steep slopes are labor intensive, require hand-harvesting, and have sunny exposures that help imbue just the right amount of phenolic and flavor ripeness. The winemaking respects the terroir by using native yeasts and moderate oak. 

The wines of Thomas Fogarty are at once balanced and intense, often defined by a vibrant, energetic personality. 

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