2011 Knights Valley Zinfandel
California: Knights Valley (Sonoma)
We delight in bringing you wines from the Knights Valley AVA and wines from our friend Tom Meadowcroft - so today we are doubly pleased! Tom’s wines have been very popular with our Operatives and we are thrilled to bring you today’s very highly recommended Zinfandel.
Today’s 2011 Meadowcroft Knights Valley Zinfandel is a lovely, balanced and elegant Zin with great pairing appeal. This delicious wine has plenty of flavor, but it also has a brightness and balance that lends itself to a wide variety of food pairings. The elegant flavors in this wine won’t overpower even your finer food fare. Think Thanksgiving dinner or a rich holiday pot roast with this lovely wine - or enjoy it all on its own. A traditional pairing of zesty BBQ would also be a real treat.
Whether you’re looking for a flexible feasting wine or an elegant solo-sipper, you can’t go wrong with today’s truly exemplary Zinfandel.
Dark, dense ruby core, which falls off at the edges to a slight purple.
Elegant and subdued, with fruity notes of freshly picked dark cherry, tamarind, and slightly smoky plum, all balanced with an earthy fresh spring forest and hints of cedar spice.
Well structured and reserved, leading with pomegranate black tea, smoky plum, and black cherry, with subtle notes of cedar spice, dark caramel, and white pepper.
Well refined and balanced, with the fruit notes transitioning into subtle hints of spice.
Short ribs slowly braised in red wine, served over creamy mashed golden potatoes.
What the Winery Says
The Zinfandel wine grapes originate from the Speedy Creek Vineyards in northeastern Sonoma County that is high up on the volcanic ash laden ridge lines of the Knights Valley Appellation. The vines have been nurtured here for more than 12 years, and we have been sourcing our Zinfandel from here for the past four years. The 2011 vintage was a complex and cool growing year. The cooler growing days and cool evenings contribute to the dark fruit flavors and the soft, balanced acidity of the wine, which spent 16 months in French, American, and Hungarian oak barrels.
Dark berry flavors of cherry, plum and blackberry, coupled with Asian spice and dark chocolate notes, round out the palate of this wine. The firm tannins linger easily with the fruit and chocolate notes.
- Tom Meadowcroft
- Speedy Creek Vineyards, Knight’s Valley, Sonoma County, California
- 16 months in French, American, and Hungarian oak
- 250 Cases
About the Winery
My passion for wines comes from my experiences growing up, working and traveling in Europe and the United States. Early in life, I started my journey in winemaking by working the harvest of 1979 in Bordeaux. Later in life, I worked at wineries in Washington and Napa, attended UC Davis and Napa College, and then became a vineyard manager focused on sustainable farming and environmental advocacy. Managing dozens of properties for the top wineries in Napa and Sonoma taught me the principles of winegrowing and gave me a vision for the kinds of wines that I make today.
Meadowcroft Wines are my signature reserve wines that are vineyard designated, expressing the best each appellation has to offer. Our family name, Meadowcroft, means the fertile field on the meadow…a garden that has been carefully nurtured over time. Our 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.