Foyt Family Wines
2011 No. 72 Sonoma County Meritage
California: Sonoma County
Start your engines!
From exciting start to a well-deserved victory lap, this wine takes the checkered flag.
Racing metaphors aside, we really love today’s Foyt Family Wines 2011 No. 72 Sonoma County Meritage. This food-friendly wine, blended from the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon (82%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and Merlot (6%), is a true delight in the glass. Our entire tasting panel really took its time with this wine, finding new flavors and deeper aromas the longer the wine spent in the glass.
We love red blends, especially when they achieve such lovely balance. For all of the wine’s bold fruit, there is real elegance here, as well. Drink up!
Beautiful dark sanguine red, with near-even concentration from core to edge.
California bay leaf, dried tobacco, lavender, black peppercorn, and toasted cedar join deep fruit notes of dark cherry, blackberry, and black currant.
Lively and integrated flavors race across the palate, with braised dark fruit flavors joining toasty oak, California bay leaf, saddle leather, dark roasted coffee bean, and dried cranberry.
Quite the sipper for the price, this wine is best enjoyed after a spot of decanting. A really lovely element of dusty earthiness appears in the finish.
A perfect pairing for a hearty homemade burger - we’ll leave the cheese and topping selection to you!
What the Winery Says
This outstanding (not to mention delicious) wine is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot that was sourced from the famed Chalk Hill and Alexander Valley appellations in northern Sonoma County.
Winemaker Tasting Notes Dark blackberry and spicy plum flavors dominate the palate, and are coupled with black cherry and blackberry aromatics, joined with a hint of cassis and Asian spice. The wine has a very smooth finish, with just a touch of chocolate.
- Tom Meadowcroft
- Chalk Hill, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
- Fruit Variety
- 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot
- Aged in 30% new French, Pennsylvania, and Hungarian oak
- 320 Cases
About the Winery
A.J. Foyt is an icon in motorsports. He is the all-time winner of Indy car races and titles, first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, and the only man to win the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of LeMans and the Daytona 500 auto races. However, when asked about what is most important to him, he always replies, “My family.”
His son Larry and grandson A.J. Foyt IV created the Foyt Family Wines label to pay tribute to the family patriarch as they launched their first business venture together. It was born out of their passion for fine wine, but before wine it was racing that ignited their fire. Larry Foyt began his professional driving career after graduating from Texas Christian University. His focus was NASCAR where he competed in all three national series, including the Daytona 500. He also raced in the Indianapolis 500 for Indy cars, making him one of the few drivers to compete in America’s two most prestigious races.
A.J. Foyt IV began his pro career driving for his legendary grandfather in the Indianapolis 500 on his 19th birthday, making him the youngest driver to ever start in that world class event. He continues to drive in the IndyCar Series which is where he has made his name and his home. While A.J. set the standard in motorsports, his progeny is setting a new standard in racing personality labeled wines. They know that when their family and friends gather at A.J.’s Houston home over the holidays, their wine will be enjoyed – and admired – for its quality and attention to detail. In the Foyt Family, it’s about excellence, a standard embodied by the father and one that his son and grandson continue to pursue.