Lot #49 MEADOWCROFT WINES
MÉLANGE RED BLEND
- Dry Creek Valley
ABOUT THE WINE:
Meadowcroft Wines has never created a blend sourced exclusively from Dry Creek Valley and featuring more than 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, primarily Clone 1103, from Wyldvin Vineyard (previously Louvau Vineyard). Planted over 30 years ago, this picturesque ranch bordered by both olive and majestic oak trees is 28 acres of premium benchland vineyards planted on Manzanita loam soil. “Mélange Red Blend” is a representation of the art of winemaking, how different varietals are mindfully incorporated in order to create something truly special and one-of-a-kind.
With over 35 years of experience in viticulture and winemaking, Tom Meadowcroft knows dirt. He can easily judge what makes a vineyard great. He enjoys discovering farmers with small vineyards throughout California that are producing amazing grapes and interesting varieties. He’s quick to identify these little-known gems and produce extraordinary small production wines. Northern California has some of the most acidic and serpentine soils, burdened with high magnesium levels. Yet wonderful wines are produced here by learning to adapt to this environment and choosing the right grapes, rootstock, irrigation regimens, leafing protocols, and shoot positioning principles.
Meadowcroft uses Old World techniques and New World creativity in order to make superb wines that showcase the excellence of the fruit. Tom produces very small quantities of wine, focusing on the composition details of each lot to create wines that showcases the fruit and growing region. “Mélange Red Blend” delivers with upfront aromas of blackberry jam and plum, buttressed by underpinnings of jammy, dark fruit flavors. The palate is rich and complex, with warm clove and cinnamon spice. The finish is sumptuous, with lingering mocha and traces of vanilla from the 25% French oak used in aging. It will be excellent with pork ragù or mushroom risotto with truffles.
WINEMAKER(S): Tom Meadowcroft
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: March 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: November 2022
National Distribution: AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, KY, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, VA, WA, Washington, DC
International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.