Bent Press comes to us from Meadowcroft Wines, founded by Tom Meadowcroft more than three decades ago on one of Napa's most hallowed appellations, Mount Veeder. Tom's resume is nothing short of awe inspiring.
He grew up in the vineyards and thus learned about them literally from the ground up. That experience, matched with zeal and passion, is how Tom cultivated grapes for Napa royalty like Cakebread, Duckhorn, Far Niente, Mondavi, Opus One and Saintsbury. Just having one of those names on your list would be enough. Add to that resume that he also worked harvests in Bordeaux and you can't get any better. But, Tom was a grape grower and though winemaking wasn't foreign to him, he knew he had to find a winemaker who could do the best job with his grapes. That winemaker was Petar Kirilov, a Bulgarian-born dynamo who grew up with a winemaker father almost since the time he could walk. Their partnership has flourished primarily from the shared sense of purpose to make the best possible wine and a deep respect for one another's talents. That certainly shows here with this spectacular offering.
The late-picked grapes held the essences and virtue of Cabernet Sauvignon. They were carefully fermented at low temperatures to assure maximum delivery of color and flavor and finally aged two years in French oak barrels. The result is a wine of great expansion with cherry and berry notes filling the air and every pore with stunning flavors. Matching with a venison chop or elk chili would be the ticket.