Thomas Fogarty Chardonnay 2012 1.5L, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

“Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is “California Chardonnay” in name only. There is none of the heavy handed winemaking and sweetness that is so pervasive throughout the Golden State. Instead we focus on citrus fruit and mineral flavors inherent to our cool, maritime, mountainous site. There are hints of spice from the oak, but it is more structural rather than flavoring agent. There is depth of flavor, racy acidity and minerality on the long clean finish. All in all, very atypical for a California Chardonnay in its ability to be both rich and light on its feet. This wine proves that in certain regions California can produce Chardonnay with balance and depth without being over the top.” – Winemaker’s Notes. What began as a pastime is today the Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyard, one of the San Francisco Peninsula’s most respected wineries. A Stanford Cardiovascular Surgeon and world-renowned inventor, Thomas Fogarty took up home winemaking in the early 1970’s in a small cabin on the current winery site. He planted his first grapes in 1978, and in 1981 established a commercial winery in the historic grape growing region of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Twenty five acres of Burgundian-style varietals are planted on the 325 acre estate, focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and small lots of Merlot and Sangiovese.