A Gift from Farley

You know that we met Farley of Wine Outlook on trip to California. What you might not know is that she was absolutely darling and brought Matt and I wine as a house-warming present on account of our new home. In addition to the two bottles she brought that we took home with us, she also had this bottle of Thomas Fogarty 2002 Lexington Meritage that she had opened in the tasting room earlier that day. Hardy any was gone from the bottle and she brought the rest of it for Matt and I to enjoy that evening. And, we even got our very own Thomas Fogarty glasses to drink it out of. I don’t think I can thank Farley enough for her very thoughful and delicious gifts!

You should go get some. This was an absolutely delicious blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, clocking in at 14.5% alcohol by volume with a real cork closure. The nose on the wine was incredibly complex. Layers of currants, blackberries, plums, a toasty note with cedar, spices also coming though. In the mouth this wine was tart and juicy, with raspberries, currants and blackberries.

Overall this wine was smooth and drinking incredibly well right now. Though, admittedly, that could have been due to the fact that it was open for at least 4 hours before we drank it since it had to travel an hour or more with Farley to the restaurant, then it sat for over two hours while we ate and chatted and then had to travel an hour back to our inn! I pictured serving it with the bacon-wrapped cornish hens I made earlier this year.

Thanks again Farley for sharing this incredibly tasty wine with us!

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4 Responses

  1. You’re very welcome! I love to share wine.

    I meant to give you notes on it, cause I know you like to include as much info as possible.

    Price: $45 but sadly, no longer available at the winery (maybe a store or two in the Bay Area)

    Blend: 58% Merlot, 36% Cab, 6% Cab Franc

    Production: just over 400 cases

  2. Oh, that’s too bad! I thought I remembered you saying that, but then I looked on the winery website and it is still listed as for sale! Oh well, maybe they will release another one some day!

  3. Good news. The 2003 is already out, and I think it’s gonna be even better.

  4. Man, that’s going to be a good wine then, since this one was excellent!

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