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2009 Thomas Fogarty Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir $25

Sometimes a wine comes along that changes the way you think about wine. Such is the case with this bottling from Thomas Fogarty. Great Pinot Noir has a delicacy and finesse that is unrivaled. It is able to capture the terroir, the taste of the earth, in which it is produced like few other grapes. Bringing all this together in the New World has been a challenge, particularly at an affordable price.

This Pinot Noir brings together a lacy structure with rich, ripe red raspberry and black raspberry fruit, laying it over a firm, sinewy structure that is just so characteristic of the Santa Cruz Mountains terroir. For lovers of Pinot Noir, especially from Santa Barbara, the Russian River Valley and Oregon, this wine is an eye opener.

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  • Snooth User: EMark
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    Being a Cab bigot I was intrigued by the Hidden Rdge wine. I am totally unfamiliar with this winery and was also fascinated with the name "55% Slope." I was wondering if that meant that 55% of the grapes were mountain and 45% were valley floor. Well, some internet research lead me to the information that their vineyard is located in the Mayacamas Mountains on slopes that reach up to 55 degrees. Now a 55 degree slope is not the same thing as a 55 percent slope. So, the reporter may have mistaken that, but both of them are pretty darned steep.

    I have to ask you, though, Greg, to take another look at the label. This appears to be a Sonoma vineyard, not Napa valley.

    Dec 09, 2011 at 6:54 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    You are absolutely correct. My mistake and it has been corrected. I drove past the vineyard, making my way up from St. Helena. Must have imprinted Napa on my mind. Thanks for pointing it out to me.

    Dec 09, 2011 at 7:17 PM


  • Snooth User: EMark
    Hand of Snooth
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    You know, I really should not have even commented on the Sonoma thing. The fruit is mountain grown. That tells me more about the wine than what side of the county line it's on--and in this case it happens to be real close to that line.

    On the other hand, my comment that both 55 degrees and 55 percent were both steep was even more inaccurate. A 55 percent slope means that for every 100 feet of horizontal travel there is 55 feet of vertical travel. That is fairly steep. However, on a 55 degree slope, there will be more than 100 feet of vertical travel (143, actually) for every 100 feet of horizontal travel. That's not just steep, that is precipitous. Obviously, the reporter had that all wrong. Oh well, he's a wine guy, not a trigonometry guy.

    Dec 10, 2011 at 11:08 AM


  • Snooth User: whauptman
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    Why not just find out what your friends would like? Isn't that the easiest way to satisfy tastes? All of the wines you recommend are surely very fine, but I see no champagne, or Barolo, no sweet dessert wines, all of which could be favored above the wines you recommend. I think it wise to know what your friends tastes are before offering something. An aged red Burgundy? Perhaps a fine Tuscan superwine? Perhaps a really good Port?

    Dec 12, 2011 at 8:00 AM


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