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Thomas Fogarty Cabernet Sauvignon Raines Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

Vintage2004 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 viticultural 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. VineyardOffering a cool northeastern exposure on a warm hillside in Saratoga, the Raines Vineyard is often our first Cabernet Sauvignon to be harvested in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We only harvest fruit from top-half of the vineyard where the soils are thinner and the new clones are less vigorous and better balanced than their lower vinous compatriots. WinemakingAfter a 4-day cold soak, we fermented the fruit in small open top bins and kept the juice in contact in the skins for almost two weeks. We gently pressed the grapes after extracting the necessary tannin, flavor and color. Elevage was 22 months in 35% new French Oak with 3-4 rackings per year.Tasting NotesSporting cherry, blackberry and sweet herbs on the nose and a patina of toasted oak to keep things interesting, the 04 Raines Cab speaks to its arid hillside origins. The mouth is loaded with black fruits, sweet cherry and great tannin structure. It is full bodied and packed with dark blackberry fruit. An intriguing gravel/loamy character sets off the long and complex finish. Drink now or hold for 3-7 years.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Thomas Fogarty Winery:
Internationally recognized heart surgeon, Stanford professor and inventor Dr. Thomas Fogarty founded Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards in 1981. Winemaker Michael Martella produces award-winning Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and Monterey County Gewurztraminer. With breathtaking views of lower San Francisco Bay, the mountaintop location is popular destination for wine tasting, weddings, corporate meetings and other events.

Vintage2004 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 viticultural 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. VineyardOffering a cool northeastern exposure on a warm hillside in Saratoga, the Raines Vineyard is often our first Cabernet Sauvignon to be harvested in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We only harvest fruit from top-half of the vineyard where the soils are thinner and the new clones are less vigorous and better balanced than their lower vinous compatriots. WinemakingAfter a 4-day cold soak, we fermented the fruit in small open top bins and kept the juice in contact in the skins for almost two weeks. We gently pressed the grapes after extracting the necessary tannin, flavor and color. Elevage was 22 months in 35% new French Oak with 3-4 rackings per year.Tasting NotesSporting cherry, blackberry and sweet herbs on the nose and a patina of toasted oak to keep things interesting, the 04 Raines Cab speaks to its arid hillside origins. The mouth is loaded with black fruits, sweet cherry and great tannin structure. It is full bodied and packed with dark blackberry fruit. An intriguing gravel/loamy character sets off the long and complex finish. Drink now or hold for 3-7 years.

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