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{ PRESSING NEWS } FALL 2008

Heirlooms
From the thomas fogarty cellar
Northern California is blessed with some of the greatest farmer’s markets in the world, many featuring heirloom varieties of tomatoes, melons, beans, etc.. We have been sampling some of our own heirlooms this summer: back vintages of some of our favorite wines from the Fogarty Library! As with all “heirloom” or older wines, the adage of- “there are no great wines, only great bottles”, held true. We tasted a few older wines that were corked or showing quite a bit of age, but for the most part our survey of the library showed the remarkable ability of our wines to gain complexity and improve in the bottle. Even our Gewürztraminer, which most people suck down immediately (and rightly so!), has the ability to age and take on a completely different character. 1985 Gewürztraminer, Russian River Valley Lychee, brown sugar and peach nose. Even more fruit in the mouth- pear and tangerine. This seemed old at first but it gained some life with air. Floral, dry and supremely intense. Caramel and fruit on the finish. Definitely a powerful and interesting wine. Showing some oxidation but really satisfying. Drink now. A survey of some of our older Chardonnay bottlings was equally satisfying. 1991 Chardonnay, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley Very rich with hazelnut toast and smoke flavors. Lots of nuts and sweet lemon. This was drinking very well and showing a range of complex and powerful flavors. 1991 Chardonnay, Ventana Vineyard, Monterey Hazelnut, cream and caramel. Some poached pear and fruit cocktail flavors highlight the palate. Long and smoky this was very complex with lots of power and depth. Barbera is usually thought of as a grape to drink on the young side, but these bottling struck us for their balance and complexity. 1997 Barbera, Fiddletown - Light to medium ruby color. Fragrant nose of rose hips, tar, roast meat, earth and candied fruit- think raspberry. Still holding well in the mouth, this is full and rich with ripe fruit and earth flavors. Lots of raspberry and tart cherry on the finish. This seems close to peak, but may still hold for a bit. 2002 Barbera. Fiddletown - Ruby color. Cherry , tar, earth, tree bark, anise and spice on a nose that just pumps it out.
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Fogarty Winery Harvest Masquerade
Saturday November 1, 2008 6:30pm to 11pm 19501 Skyline Blvd., Woodside,CA 94062
Food and Wine Pairing Stations Dj and Live Music, Valet Parking Get your tickets early, limited occupancy $100 per person For Ticket Sales contact: Melissa Baker, Melissa@fogartywinery.com 650.851.6777

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2004 MERLOT
Santa Cruz Mountains, Razorback Vineyard, Estate
2004 was a challenging, but highly successful vintage for the Santa Cruz Mountains. A heat spike in early September forced us to re-evaluate our traditional cool-climate viticulture practices. Hard work and patience allowed us to adapt to growing conditions that were more like Napa or Sonoma than Santa Cruz Mountains. Beautiful weather during most of our “ripening zone” led to miniscule yields of intensely flavored fruit. This wine is 100% Merlot from our Razorback Vineyard; this is the warmest site at the Fogarty Home Ranch. At just above1400 ft in elevation, Razorback Ridge is more protected from the cooling ocean influence. The eastern exposure allow for warm sunny days and cool nights, perfect for ripening Merlot in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Miniscule yields and a warm year awarded us fine material for producing a blockbuster Merlot off our Razorback vineyard in 2004. Following 3 days of cold soak, we inoculated the must and left the juice in contact with the skins for an additional week. The must was gently pressed to one year old French oak for 22 months. We racked the wine quarterly, before an unfiltered bottling. We pushed the limits of ripeness with this wine and it has paid off in full; this wine is absolutely loaded with raspberry fruit. Aromas and flavors of anise, cocoa and dark berries abound in this full-on, yet suave blockbuster. This wine is not for the timid, but it possesses fabulous texture and is packed with ripe fruit. It’s forward nature allows it to be drunk with pleasure in its youth, but it should drink well over the next decade. Only 151 cases produced.

2005 SyRAH
Santa Cruz Mountains Fat Buck Ridge Vineyard Estate
With some of the lowest yields in recent memory, 2005 will go down as one of our most successful and demanding vintages. Poor weather throughout California in the spring resulted in poor fruit set and consequently lower yields. The small crop and perfect weather during the prime ripening zone allowed us to harvest perfectly ripe fruit packed with flavor and structure. Fat Buck Ridge, located on our Gist Ranch estate, sits on a west-facing ridge of fractured sandstone and shale. The thin soils and low-vigor rootstock help keep Syrah, a notoriously vigorous vine, in check and allow for maximum flavor development. We thin the crop at verasion to ensure even ripening and pick when flavor development is at its peak. We cold soaked our Syrah for a long seven days and fermented the must in a combination of small 0.75 ton fermentors and larger 2 ton stainless-steel tanks. After 18 days on skins we gently pressed the wine into 50% new French Oak barrels for 16 months where it rested sur-lee until being racked for bottling. Notes of bacon, caramel and toasted black fruits are evident in the nose. The mouth features a mix of red and black fruit flavors as well as spice and violet notes. The oak is in moderation allowing the character of the grape and terroir to take center stage. This Syrah is dense and full bodied, yet balanced enough to be drunk over the next 3-5 years. We recommend decanting this wine. Only 203 cases produced.

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2004 LEXINGTON
Santa Cruz Mountains Meritage
Set above the Lexington Reservoir John Anderson’s Camel Hill Vineyard is a series of hillside plots featuring a complex assortment of clones and exposures. While the climate is decidedly cool and mountainous, it has proven to be an inspiring source of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Harvest usually commences in late September and continues through the month of October. This long growing season allows for maximum flavor development at lower sugars and higher acidity than most of California. We began picking Merlot in mid-September and finished with Cabernet Sauvignon in mid-October. This blend was assembled by selecting individual barrels from 10 different lots, each representing a different clone or section of the vineyard. This attention to detail and hand selection ensures supreme quality. We made the assemblage at the first racking during the late winter/early spring of ’05. We favor early blending as a tool for harmonizing flavor and texture. Elevage was 22 months in 35% new French Oak with 3-4 rackings per year. Sporting the vineyard’s signature nose, flavor and structure, this 2004 is our best Lexington to date. The layered aromatics are dominated by black fruits, spice and notes of allspice and mocha. The palate is rich and bold with a spine of acidity that keeps the finish fresh and lively. Hints of coffee and vanilla, from aging in tight-grained French Oak, add depth and accent to the core mountain fruit. Another year in the bottle would be ideal, but with decanting this wine offers a lot of drinking pleasure today. It should age well for 5-12 years. Only 450 cases produced. Thomas Fogarty’s 2004 SCM Lexington Meritage takes a Double Gold Medal in the 2008 San Francisco International Wine Competition! Only 120 wines out of 4252 entries received the “double gold” status at this very prestigious wine competition. Plus winning a Gold Medal 2008 Orange Co. Wine Competition. The Thomas Fogarty 2004 Lexington Meritage is now a vailable in large format bottles!

Very complex and balanced. The mouth is textured, structured and well put together. More spice, roots, scorched earth, tart cherry and herbs on the mouth. Definitely more subtle and complex than the ’01. Not as fruit driven but very complex and intriguing- One of our favorites. The most obvious of candidates for aging is Cabernet Sauvignon, especially our Napa bottlings. 1984 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Bricking rim to ruby color. Tobacco, cigar box, cherry, earth with a hint of caramel nose. Pretty alive and full with good richness of flavor and great balancing acidity. This bottle was drinking very well, still showing plenty of tension and freshness. With a bit of air it opens and fattens up a bit, showing earth and spice with medium density. Seems to be at peak, but holding very well. If any of these heirlooms are still hanging about in your cellar, we definitely recommend giving them a try; they are all drinking very well currently. This had been such a fun project that we plan to incorporate a library segment in our future newsletters featuring some of our favorite and sometimes surprising, gems.

Thomas Fogarty Winery for the holiday!
Gifts: ‘Tis the season to remember your favorite Wine connoisseur! Make an extraordinary impression, with a Thomas Fogarty Wine Gift Box! Treat a friend, a valued client or your family with a gift of fine wines.The winery can handle all your shipping and gift card needs. Please contact Melissa Baker at 650.851.6777 or melissa@fogartywinery.com for details. Delicious wines are always in style! Holiday prties: The Thomas Fogarty Winery is a magical location for your holiday gathering. Big or small, elegant or informal, our well appointed facilities are the perfect place to toast your family and friends or thank your employees and clients to work well done! Please visit our web site at www.fogartywinery.com or by calling Ellie or Becky at 650.851.6772 for private event details. The holiday magic begins on the hill!

Upcoming Events
Save the Date: 2007 ‘Rapley Trail Vineyard’ Estate Pinot Noir “Futures” Tasting

Farallon’s PinotFest 2008

November 22, 2008 3-6:00pm
Long before the movie Sideways, there was PinotFest! Don’t miss this opportunity to attend San Francisco’s original, all-pinot noir celebration at Farallon Restaurant on Saturday afternoon, November 22, 2008. The extensive tasting of pinot noirs from over 50 of Oregon and California’s best producers is held from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. In addition, the afternoon features sumptuous hors d’oeuvres to complement the wines, and an opportunity to meet the winemakers. Stop by the Fogarty table and sample our 2006 Santa Cruz Mtns. Pinot Noir and the be one of the first to taste the new 2007 vintage. If you have never attended this very focused and well executed Pinot Noir tasting, we highly recommend it! This is a top notch event! Admission to the event is $100. For more information, and to reserve tickets, call 415.956.6969, or visit their web site at www.farallonrestaurant.com. Farallon Restaurant • 450 Post Street San Francisco • P:415.956.6969

Saturday, March 28, 2009 12-4pm
We are very encouraged and excited about the potential for our 2007 Rapley Pinot Noir’s, whichare still aging in the barrel. We have very high expectations for the vintage and we even have in-house chatter that the 2007 Pinot Noirs just might be Fogarty’s finest. We encourage you to save the date: We will be hosting our 2007 Rapley Trail Estate Pinot Noir “Futures” Tasting on Saturday, March 28, 2009. On this date we will be sampling the 2007 Rapley Pinot Noir’s and re-releasing the 2003 Rapley’s! With the quality of all of these wines, this tasting should be exceptional! RSVP by calling Melissa at 650.851.6777 or by emailing Melissa@fogartywinery.com.

W I NAlpineY & V I N E Y A R D S 3270 E R Road
Fogarty Wine Club fall “WINE FEST”
Saturday and Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd 1-4 PM.
Time to Reserve your wine glass! We’ve expanded our Wine Fest to accommodate all of our valued Wine Club members, our bi-annual open house will now be a weekend Affaire! We welcome all our club members and guests (4 reservations per club membership, any additional guests will be $20) to reserve either Saturday or Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd from 1-4pm. RSVP’s will be on a first come, first serve basis. Come and enjoy an afternoon of delightful wine sampling and additional treats. Don’t forget your picnic lunch! Four complimentary passes per membership. THIS EVENT WILL \SELL OUT, PLEASE MAKE yOUR RESERVATION EARLy! For Wine Fest Tasting, please RSVP by calling Melissa at 650.851.6777 or by emailing Melissa@fogartywinery.com

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Portola Valley, Ca 94028


				
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