2010 Fogerty SCM "Rapley Trail" PN

2010 Fogerty SCM “Rapley Trail” PN - 14.3% alcohol
All the usually segregated fruit from different blocks were blended together in 2010.
Medium crimson red with an amber edge.
Fine nose of cinnamon and strawberries.
Very young, powerful, almost painful spicy fruit with fine acid and an firm, endless, somewhat hot, finish.
This has the potential to age for a long time.
When the intense spicy fruit and acid calms down, hopefully the heat in the finish will be less emphatic.
Give this 8+ yrs. For now [90 pts].


Paul, I generally like the Thomas Fogarty Rapley Trail Pinots quite a bit, and I enjoyed the 2010 when I visited the winery back in February. I also tasted the 2011 Rapley Trail and 2011 Razorback (new estate vineyard-designate) Pinots at Pinot Days in June and although I liked both of them, I actually preferred the Razorback bottling. I agree that the Rapley Trail (and Razorback) have the structure to improve with bottle age.

Thomas Fogarty wines don’t seem to get the respect I think they deserve. Should be fun to follow the winery with Nathan Kandler taking over this year for Michael Martella as winemaker.