Wine: Thomas Fogarty 2013 Pinot Noir
Song: Heart of Gold
Today we ventured only a few miles due west of our humble abode in Los Altos, CA to the Thomas Fogarty Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
We taste-tested the winemaker's 2013 Pinot Noir and we have to say, unequivocally, this is a unique vintage. As the vintner notes, this wine "beautifully reflects this nearly perfect growing season.
"The clarity of this red fruited vintage is highly apparent in both the aromatics and mouth."
We couldn't agree more. This wine tingles the palate. We agree that it has hints of cherry and spices. It almost tastes like a sparkling red.
The wine critics rank it between 91 and 93 points. It's a moderately small batch, with 4,000 total cases.
The area where Thomas Fogarty resides is of historical significance since it once hosted some the oldest growth Redwood trees in the world. Sadly (and not surprisingly) they were hacked down to provide lumber for the burgeoning Bay Area at the turn of the 20th Century.
So we thought it appropriate to tie a song that is, at least in passing, linked to those majestic conifers. That song is "Heart of Gold" by the inimitable (though often parodied) Neil Young.
Hope you enjoy the show.