Santa Cruz Mountains, San Francisco Bay

Thomas Fogarty

Single Vineyard Series Nelson Family Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

13’ Thomas Fogarty Nelson Family Vineyard. 5 barrels produced. Elevation 1700 feet.
Compared to my previous notes from a few years ago… I feel completely different about this one.
This is a very unique expression of mountain fruit. Medium -bodied. Much darker version of Pinot Noir. Dark red “bruised” fruit emerges over time.. Cranberries, plum skins, leather, cedar, stone-like minerality!?! Primarily mid- palate wine. Bit of a creamy finish. Different... good way. Drinking now.
— 10 days ago

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@David L Thomas must be John’s brother, right? Bad Moon Rising! Proud Mary!
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@Joe Lucca I’m curious...Great question. They’ve got to be close to the same age.

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