Creamy and crisp, this Chard is ultrarich in fruit, with lemondrop, pineapple tart filling, crème brûlée and buttered toast flavors. Really delicious and complicated, it’s from a vineyard on mountainous slopes in the heart of the Silicon Valley suburb of Los Gatos.
It takes an incredibly good vineyard to produce a Cab Franc this good. This lovely wine has lush blackberry flavors with nuances of espresso and sweet oregano. It’s quite tannic, leaving behind a dusty astringency.
Fogarty has a great track record with Cabernet, including Cab Franc, and this is an interesting, complex wine. It’s dry and tannic. There’s a gamy, leathery note to the blackberry and coffee fruit that finishes with great length. Despite the tannins, it doesn’t seem like an ager, so drink up.
This vineyard is the source of tannic, impressive Cabs for Thomas Fogarty. The ’06, which is 97% varietal, is extremely ripe in currant and unsweetened chocolate flavors, and very smooth in tannins. But it’s also very high in alcohol. Hard to tell where it’s going.
Fogarty has a good track record with this bottling. The ’04 certainly is ripe and soft, with rich, jammy cherry, red currant, raspberry, licorice and mocha flavors. With very high (15.5%) alcohol, it could have a firmer structure, but it’s lip-smackingly good.