Red

2012 Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir Rapley Trail Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • 3daywinereview.com wrote: 92 points

    February 2, 2019 - Oregon Pinot Noir vs. California Pinot Noir (Minneapolis): Day 1: Dust, underbrush, strawberries, floral and cherry notes. Medium finish. This wine was a little tight and will see improvements probably on day 2. 90 points
    Day 2: Day 2 has improved the performance from day 1. Strawberry, earth, mint, underbrush and beef. Much more concentrated and medium plus finish. Similar to other reviews of this wine. Solid. 92 points
    Day 3: More impressive on day 3. Spices, floral, underbrush, roasted meats and herbs. Not as much fruit but love the style. Big and long finish. This is a young wine and should have a long life ahead. 92+ points
    Recommendation: Hold 2 plus years and enjoy.

  • John McCabe wrote: 93 points

    September 24, 2018 - This was a delightful Pinot Noir, bought directly at the winery a few years ago. Very attractive, fruit forward profile, but with some weight, backbone and complexity. I remember it being a little more exciting at the winery though. Feel like this is something to drink now, with no need to weight as it may just lose more intensity. A bit pricey for what it is perhaps.

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  • 3daywinereview.com wrote: 92 points

    July 17, 2018 - Day 3 review: Perfumed nose with violets, soy, spices and red currants. Very balanced wine and complex finish. This should age for another 5 years. Excellent value for the price I paid for this.

  • 3daywinereview.com wrote: 93 points

    April 14, 2018 - 3 Day Wine Reviews that Rock!; 2/12/2018-4/15/2018: Day 1: Almost drank all of the 2012 Witness Tree Pinot on day 1 so decided to try something from Cali to compare. More Burgundian with earth, floral, stone and red currants on the nose. The palate is very pleasant with nice minerality, cranberries, spices and floral notes. Medium plus finish. Outstanding! 93 points
    Day 2: This one will also not make it to day 3. Solid on day 2 but also has lost some of its fruit. Drink day 1.
    Recommendation: Drink on day 1 on a pop and pour. This could age for 2 or 3 years but would not recommend beyond that.

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  • 3daywinereview.com wrote: 92 points

    February 10, 2018 - Day1: Very nice on the pop and pour. Good acidity with cranberry, spices, mulberries, earth and underbrush. Very balanced effort and drinking well now but will revisit on day 2 and 3. 92 points
    Day 2: A little more mellow than day one. Still features cranberry, earth and underbrush but has picked up violets and some more promenade red fruits. This is drinking well at 5 years but aging potential is a minimum of five years. 92 points
    Day 3: Still very good. Not a notable transformation and you can enjoy this on day wine or two but really wouldn't wait a third day.

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  • By Allen Meadows
    Jan-16, Issue #61 (link)

    (Thomas Fogarty Winery Pinot Noir - Rapley Trail Vineyard Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2015, Issue #58, The Summer of 2015’s Fine Assortment of Traditionalist and Neo-Classical American Wines

    (Thomas Fogarty “Rapley Trail Vineyard” Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains – A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014) (link)

    (Thomas Fogarty Winery Pinot Noir Rapley Trail Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/10/2015 (link) 93 points

    (Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir Rapley Trail Vineyard) Dark ruby color; savory, underbrush, rosehips, strawberry, saline, cranberry, baking spice, star anise nose; delicious, tart raspberry puree, cranberry, tart cherry mineral, star anise palate with near medium acidity; could use 2 years and should go 12+; medium-plus finish (13.7% alcohol; Martini clone planted in 1983) 93+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Thomas Fogarty
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Rapley Trail Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

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  • In Cellars 29 (35%)
  • Consumed 54 (65%)

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