2012 Carneros Sonoma County Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Cornerstone Vineyard
California: Carneros - Los Carneros (Sonoma)
The Bee's Knees
Today’s Meadowcroft Wines 2012 Carneros Sonoma County Pinot Noir is another stunner from our friend Tom Meadowcroft. We have always enjoyed Tom’s offerings, and today’s is most certainly no different.
This wine is crafted in a very approachable and friendly manner, highlighted by tart red cherry and fresh raspberry notes. This clean, fruit-forward style makes it a perfect pairing for a lighter appetizer course.
This wine is drinking beautifully now, and we expect that it will only continue to improve the longer it’s in bottle. Don’t miss out!
Slightly dark plum at the center of the glass, slowly transitioning to lighter hazy red rim.
Very clean and bright on the nose, with red fruit notes of cherry and raspberry mingling with subtle hints of sweet terroir, dried rose petal, rosemary, and sage.
Very approachable in flavor profile, with tart red cherry, fresh raspberry, and a touch of strawberry laid overtop hints of spring leaf, lavender, clove, rosemary, and a touch of pink peppercorn.
A very light and easy drinking Pinot, this wine will only continue to get better. A lovely pop of acidity highlights the finish.
Fettuccine with dried porcini and pancetta, served with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh parsley.
What the Winery Says
The vineyard, located in Carneros in Sonoma County, consists of two different Pinot Noir selections known as the famed “Dijon” selections. Each brings a different characteristic that makes this wine very complex and richly layered. Aged 12 months in a blend of French oak barrels, 30% of which is new French oak, to allow the natural oxygenation to mellow the tannins and integrate fruit characteristics in the wine.
High toned notes of wild strawberry and cherry dominate with Asian spice, vanilla, sandalwood and mineral notes. Bright garnet color and robust tannins melt away to reveal lingering dark berry flavors.
- Tom Meadowcroft
- Silver Medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition
- Los Carneros, Sonoma County, California
- Cornerstone Vineyard
- 12 months in French oak
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.