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Retail Price: $40.00
Sale Price: $14.99*
Charles and Molly Meeker bought their first vineyard at the end of West Dry Creek Road in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley in 1977. In 1984, Charlie and Molly established their winery — The Meeker Vineyard — with Charlie as the winemaker. In its early years the winery specialized in Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay.
The winery’s first red wine release, a 1984 Zinfandel, was an instant success, winning eight wine competition medals and becoming the third most awarded Zin in the country that year. Thereafter, among other awards, the 1985 Meeker Zin was a Wine Spectator “Best Buy”, the 1986 Zin was a “Spectator Selection”, and the 1990 Zin was included among the Wine Spectator’s “100 Best Wines of the World”.
This 2016 is no exception to the sensational string of Meeker Zinfandels. Antonio Galloni said the following about 2016 Zinfandel and blends:
“The 2016 Zinfandels and field blend wines were among the many highlights of my tastings this year. Although much of the focus today is on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sonoma’s history is deeply rooted in Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and other grapes that early immigrants planted, often in field blends, beginning in the mid to late 1800s. Those farmers and winemakers understood the complementary nature of interplanted varieties, and the complexity that field blends naturally gave their wines. Today, the viability of these historic sites is threatened by the continued encroachment of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both much more fashionable and higher value crops. That is a shame for a number of reasons, some of them cultural, and others more directly linked to the pedigree of the wines themselves. I was absolutely thrilled with the 2016 Zinfandels and field blend wines I tasted for this article.
The 2016s are fresh, vibrant reds that faithfully express the essence of site, perhaps the single most coveted attribute of wines that ascend into the realm of world class. The Russian River in particular seems to have experienced a tremendous vintage. Best of all, these wines remain largely ignored by the masses, which means prices are quite modest relative to quality.”
We absolutely loved how the 2016 Meeker Barrel Select was showing the multiple times we tasted it. Here is our combined tasting note:
“Beautiful dark ruby color. On the palate, fresh, fruity and forward loaded with ripe plum and blackberry. Beautiful for drinking now and over the next decade or so. The finish has nice red cherry, spice and cola flavors buoyed by bright acids which add to the wine's considerable appeal. Simply put, this 2016 is gorgeous.”
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