Foyt Family Wines Releases Its Second Collectors Series Wine
Limited release wine’s label design features oil painting by artist Colin Carter
SONOMA, Calif. - Foyt Family Wines is releasing its second Collectors Series wine with a 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the Meadowcroft Estate Vineyard which lies in the esteemed Mt. Veeder region of the Napa Valley. Bottled in 2014, this special wine honors the 50 year anniversary of A.J. Foyt’s second Indianapolis 500 victory in 1964.
In that Memorial Day race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Foyt started fifth, dominated the race and led 146 laps. He averaged 147.350 mph smashing the track record by over four miles per hour! When Foyt crossed the finish line, it would be the last time a front-engine roadster would ever lead a lap at the 'Brickyard.'
That year, Foyt won 10 of the 13 National Championship races, winning every race he finished to set an IndyCar record. His finest tribute came from 1963 Indy 500 Winner Parnelli Jones, who at the '64 Indy 500 victory dinner, introduced Foyt as "the greatest race car driver who ever lived."
The image used on the bottle, an original oil painting by British artist Colin Carter, captures the essence of this historic moment in the Foyt family’s legacy.
“Due to consumer demand, we decided to continue with our Collectors Series offerings utilizing an image of my dad on the bottle,” said Larry Foyt, co-founder of Foyt Family Wines. “With Colin’s amazing paintings that he created for my dad, we have three incredible Collectors Series wine labels already for our collection going forward.”
Created for the Foyt family by winemaker Tom Meadowcroft from his Estate Vineyard, the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested at the end of September of 2011 and fermented for two weeks. The wine was aged in Alain Fouquet French Oak barrels for three years, which allowed for the massive fruit and tannin structure to mature into a complex and complete wine.
With only 40 cases produced, the Reserve release is limited to only 15 cases available to the public at this time. Each bottle is wax dipped and packaged in a heat embossed Foyt Family Wines wooden box. The wine, which retails for $106.00, will be sold exclusively via the Foyt Family Wines website (www.foytwines.com).
Foyt Family Wines was created by Larry Foyt and A. J. Foyt IV, the son and grandson, respectively, of the racing legend. Both men joined the family business of racing. Larry has run in NASCAR races as well as the Indy 500 and A.J. IV ran his first Indy 500 at the age of 19. Joining forces with winemaker Tom Meadowcroft in 2009 to further pursue their passion for fine wines, Foyt Family Wines debuted with its release of No. 14 which was a 2006 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.