2011 Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains (Fogarty, Thomas)
Thomas Fogarty, Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, US 2011CREAMY LEMON, SILKY, MATURE, MILD OAK Southwest of Silicon Valley, just miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Cruz Mountains are one of California's most beautiful and exciting wine growing regions. The ocean air and high elevation (up to 2000 feet on the Fogarty Estate) brings lean crispness, the mountain soils bring subtle minerality, while California sunshine provides just enough ripeness. Santa Cruz wines are also some of the most age-worthy in California. Thomas Fogarty embraces this by cellaring for over 3 years before release - unheard of in California Chardonnay. Ready to drink now, this is complex, mature white - silky with just a bit of new French oak. Serving Suggestion: A classic oven-roasted whole chicken w/ golden-brown skin, Kosher salt, cracked black pepper & minced thyme w/ earthy root vegetables on the side.