Meadowcroft wines are hand-crafted by Tom Meadowcroft, who began his wine career in Bordeaux with an internship during the 1979 harvest. After attending UC Davis and Napa College, Tom spent years learning the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma counties, which has given him a unique perspective and understanding of the incredible wines these grapes can yield. His experience shows through in Meadowcroft wines, which deftly meld place and varietal to create expressive wines true to their terroir.
Knights Valley was among the original group of five to obtain AVA status in Sonoma County in 1983, but it is probably least well known of those five. There are probably many reasons that this is the case; for one thing it is more remote and has less accommodations for tourists, but perhaps the main reason is that the climate is quite different than the rest of Sonoma. Cut off from the influence of the Pacific Ocean, Knights Valley’s climate is more similar to Calistoga, and the rest of the Napa Valley. In a cool vintage like 2011, this warmer climate was a lifesaver for varieties like Zinfandel that need warmth to ripen.
The 2011 Meadowcroft Sonoma County Zinfandel is deep ruby in color, with a classic Zinfandel nose of black berries and cherries, joined by a hint of char from the 25% American and Hungarian Oak. The palate shows more black fruit and oak, along with pepper and baking spice. Good acidity and just enough tannin carry these flavors through on the finish. This medium to full-bodied Zin is perfect for pretty much anything off the grill, from chicken to beef, or with sausage pizza. A great price for a single vineyard, small production wine.
Appellations: Knights Valley, Sonoma
Aging: 16 months in a blend of American and Hungarian oak, 25% new.
Harvest date: October 15, 2011
Bottle date: April 17, 2013
Release date: May 18, 2013
Case production: 250 cases
Meadowcroft Wines are Tom Meadowcroft's signature reserve wines that are vineyard designated, expressing the best each appellation has to offer. The family name, Meadowcroft, means the fertile field on the meadow...a garden that has been carefully nurtured over time. The hallmark “honeybee” on the label symbolizes our hard work, the journey of mastering a discipline, and the process of transforming grapes from single vineyards into outstanding wines.
Learn more at www.meadowcroftfamilyofwines.com.