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Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards

2004 Chardonnay
Santa Cruz Mountains

2004 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay
2004 was a unique growing season in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Some of the warmest weather we have ever experienced in September rapidly accelerated ripening in most, if not all, of our vineyards. The resulting wines are very laden with fruit and concentration. Yields were below average, resulting in high acidity and sugar at harvest. Our ’04 SCM Chardonnay is sourced from various individually fermented lots, primarily from the Fogarty Estate vineyards; some Camel Hill Chardonnay was added to fill out the blend prior to bottling. The various lots Chardonnay was whole-cluster pressed and fermented and aged in 15% new French Oak. The lees were stirred once a week for the fourteen months the wine spent in oak. 50% of the wine had its malo-lactic fermentation blocked to preserve freshness and acidity. The wine was racked to tank with its gross lees for an additional month of tank age prior to being bottled.

This blend is intended for immediate consumption; it is absolutely loaded with tropical fruit, lemon oil and brioche and represents one of the more lush SCM Chardonnays we have ever produced.

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