2010 Napa Valley Oak Knoll Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Oak Knoll District (Napa)
The Golden Vintage
Welcome to another in a series of spectacular Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons from the 2010 vintage. This vintage is one to pay attention to, as Napa Cabernet Sauvignon wines from 2010 are almost universally fantastic. The ones that are not fantastic won’t ever show up here, so be assured that today’s wine is one that you might really consider for yourself.
In the September issue of Wine Spectator Magazine, senior editor James Laube issued a strong buy recommendation for 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Along with this, he also issued a decades-high 98 point score. Today’s 2010 Napa Cab is a delicious and complex wine that we offer to you with our boldest recommendation.
We have always enjoyed wines from our friend Tom Meadowcroft and his namesake winery. Today’s Meadowcroft Wines 2010 Napa Valley Oak Knoll Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon sees the winery stretching its talents - and great fruit sources - even farther than usual. Where Tom’s Meadowcroft wines are characteristically rife with juicy red fruits, this wine shows off a darker, richer and more complex style of winemaking. Attribute this to the vintage, if you will, but we also give Tom Meadowcroft a ton of credit.
We’ve been selling out of our 2010s at a record pace, but be assured, we are striving for ever larger allocations. That said, though, please act quickly to avoid potential disappointment. We don’t want you to miss out on today’s Ultra QPR wine!
A dark, foreboding scarlet at the center of the glass, with a lighter red ruby at the fringe.
Wonderfully balanced, with plenty of reduced dark fruit of blackberry and sweet plum laid against fresh pine boughs, cedar wood shavings, slight eucalyptus, and toasty dark spice.
Rich and concentrated on the palate, with flavors of stewed boysenberry and black cherry, sweet tobacco leaf, fresh spring garden, espresso bean, black peppercorn, clove, and touches of minerality.
After given a chance to open up, this wine comes alive, with a long and lengthy finish highlighted by grippy tannins and minerality at the very edge of the palate.
A seared filet mignon, served with a mushroom and onion reduction drizzled overtop.
What the Winery Says
Rich, ripe black cherry flavors surrounded by earthy green pepper, coupled with dark cherry aromatics along with hints of plum and spice on the nose. All the flavors intertwine with a gravelly mineral presence as well.
- Tom Meadowcroft
- Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
About the Winery
Meadowcroft wines are vineyard specific and limited release reserve wines, the best each appellation has to offer, expressing a complex narrative of European wine heritage with a twist of California creativity. 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.
Winemaker Tom Meadowcroft
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.