Foyt Family Wines
2011 No. 14 Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley: Oak Knoll District
Firing on all cylinders
You would think that after seven years of sleuthing out wines that we Wine Spies would be a little jaded. We are offered all manner of wines. Some are fantastic - and many are simply sub-par. We reject anything that we don’t love. When we are offered ‘celebrity wines’ we make a point to taste them, even though we don’t expect very much.
A.J. Foyt wines are a rare breed of celebrity wines. The sort that is well worthy of your attention. What makes the wine so good? Today’s Foyt Family Wines 2011 No. 14 Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon was made by our friend, winemaker Tom Meadowcroft, who makes spy-pleasing wines that our tasting panel is uniformly crazy about.
Today’s single vineyard wine hails from the Oak Knoll District, at the southern end of the Napa Valley. This AVA (American Viticultural Area) is widely regarded as the sweet spot for lowland Cabernet Sauvignon. Hot days and cool nights, coupled with the alluvial soils found there, combine to provide ideal conditions for classic Napa Cabernet.
We offer you this wonderful, elegant and complex wine with our boldest recommendation.
Vivid scarlet at its core, it transforms into a light, beautiful ruby at its edge.
Elegant on the nose, leading with subdued dark fruit notes of blackberry and plum, trailed by hints of a fresh spring garden, aged leather, dark chocolate, clove, and black peppercorn.
A pleasant brightness and levity on the palate. Stewed plum and black cherry are laid overtop hints of sweet tobacco leaf, berry bramble, sage, rosemary, dark spices, and just a slight touch of minerality.
Truly elegant at the finish, with a slightly tannic but overwhelmingly luxurious feel on the mouth. At the very end, a touch of lavender and mocha linger on the tongue.
We recommend a classic meal of filet mignon rubbed with Provencal herbs and then grilled to perfection.
What the Winery Says
- Tom Meadowcroft
- Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
- Fruit Composition
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Aged for 20 months in French, American, and Hungarian Oak