Thomas Fogarty Riesling Monterey Skyline 2007
Vintage: 2007, what a year! 2007 vintage was marked by numerous days of frightening weather. But, just when things seemed lost, a warm Iindian summer came to the rescue and produced a small crop of fully ripe, incredibly intense fruit. Amazing vintage! Vineyards:The Scheid Viento Vineyard is situated on a gradual east-facing slope on the western side of the Salinas Valley at the foot of the Santa Llucia Mountain range. The soil is composed of well-draining, calcerous shale. The climate is cold and windy. It is ideal ground for producing highly aromatic Rieslings.Winemaking:We gently whole-cluster pressed the fruit, settled the juice for 12 hours and then racked for fermentation. The deliciously fragrant juice was fermented in stainless steel at 52-57 degrees for two months to preserve, highlight and focus the aromatics. After fermentation the wine was racked off its lees for bottling in March.Tasting: Gloriously perfumed nose of star-jasmine, white flowers, quartz and pineapple fruit. The mouth is crisp and laser-like with more flowers, spice, honey and citrus fruit. The palate is dry with just a vague hint of sweetness that adds some depth to the mouth and lifts the fruit.
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.