Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Pinot Noir
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"Our Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir is sourced from vineyards from four distinct regions within the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA: the fractured shales of our two Estate Vineyards high upon Skyline Boulevard, coastal Corralitos, the rugged and rocky Los Gatos hills and the Summit Road area, which has the highest elevations in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Each vineyard is vinified to highlight it’s own signature identity; this blend harmonizes and intensifies the regional Santa Cruz Mountain character. 2013 will go down as one of the earliest harvest in the history of Thomas Fogarty Winery. The vines responded to the drought like winter conditions and mild spring by budding out very early. Bloom began in early May in the Will’s Cabin Pinot Noir, a month earlier than the norm. We experienced a particularly windy May that was punctuated by a low pressure system that rolled though the last week of the month dropping almost a quarter-inch of rain. This severely lowered yields in some of our later flowering, and best, vineyards: Rapley Trail, Albutom and Portola Springs. Yields were also likely lower across the board due to the lack of winter rainfall the last two seasons. The majority of our vineyards were dry-farmed this year. This resulted in thicker skins, more tannin and great flavors, but likely less fruit - such is the trade off between quality and quantity in viticulture. Harvest began with the early ripening Swan Pinot Noir in Will’s Cabin on August 17 and, strangely, finished with Gewürztraminer on October 4. Dark cherry fruit, earth and spice box flavors are long and the texture and tannins are balanced."