Way back in September I had the excellent fortune to be sent to San Francisco for a conference for my job (somehow, blogging doesn’t pay the bills….) and I met up with some excellent wine friends who kindly shuttled me around during my free time. When I arrived Russ picked me up at the airport so we could go hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains. More on that in another post. After our hike we spirited off to Thomas Fogarty to taste some wine.
2005 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Chardonnay: $35. Butter, oak, apple, peach, honey, mouth filling, spice, peach, clean fruit.
2006 Monterey Gewurztraminer: $17.50. I took home 3 bottles. Peach, orange blossoms, floral, so aromatic, smooth, orange, laced with spice. Fabulous.
2006 Michaud Vineyard Pinot Noir: $48. Strawberry crumble, pie, dirt, orange zest, strawberry, cherry, a little hot.
2006 Santa Cruz Pinot Noir: $25. Mushrooms, earth, leather, red fruit, cranberry, a little hot.
2003 Barbiolo: $35. Blend of Barbera and Nebbiolo. Smoky, roses, red fruit, dark, spicy, bitter, currants.
2004 Martella Syrah: $55. Funky, burnt toast, vanilla, dark cherry, currants.
2003 Santa Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon: $50. Reserved, spice, tannins, berries, cherries, fresh fruit, eucalyptus, vanilla.
2003 Vallerga Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon: $50. Herbal, forrest floor, dark berry, herbs, blackberries, sour cherries, pepper.
2007 Barbera Rose: $21. Strawberry, really dry, delicious, flowers, lime, cranberry. I took one home.
I found the Thomas Fogarty property to be beautiful, and the view from the grounds unbeatable. The tasting room seemed decently sized, and we were the only visitors on a Wednesday afternoon. I especially enjoyed the Gewurztraminer, and would highly recommend it.