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Thomas Fogarty Camel Hill Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Franc 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

2004 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. Our 2004 Cabernet Franc came entirely from the Camel Hill Vineyard above the Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos. Owned by John Anderson, the vineyard is perched on a complex series of hillsides offering a wide array of exposures and soil types. Although the Cabernet Franc variety is relatively unknown to much of the wine drinking public, it seems to have found a real home on these elevated slopes, producing wines that are deep, aromatic and well structured. Our 2004 Camel Hill Cabernet Franc was aged for 22 months in new and used French and Russian oak with three to four rackings a year. We blended in a small amount of Merlot (2%) to add a bit of fatness to the wine. While one of the riper "Francs" we have produced, this is still remarkably silky and elegant in the mouth. It features ripe fruit with a hint of chocolate and brown spice to accent the classic varietal flavors of violet and cherry. As with many of our 2004 Bordeaux reds, this is a remarkably forward wine that drinks well in its youth and should continue to improve over the next 5-7 years. ONLY 121 CASES PRODUCED

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
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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.

2004 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. Our 2004 Cabernet Franc came entirely from the Camel Hill Vineyard above the Lexington Reservoir in Los Gatos. Owned by John Anderson, the vineyard is perched on a complex series of hillsides offering a wide array of exposures and soil types. Although the Cabernet Franc variety is relatively unknown to much of the wine drinking public, it seems to have found a real home on these elevated slopes, producing wines that are deep, aromatic and well structured. Our 2004 Camel Hill Cabernet Franc was aged for 22 months in new and used French and Russian oak with three to four rackings a year. We blended in a small amount of Merlot (2%) to add a bit of fatness to the wine. While one of the riper "Francs" we have produced, this is still remarkably silky and elegant in the mouth. It features ripe fruit with a hint of chocolate and brown spice to accent the classic varietal flavors of violet and cherry. As with many of our 2004 Bordeaux reds, this is a remarkably forward wine that drinks well in its youth and should continue to improve over the next 5-7 years. ONLY 121 CASES PRODUCED

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