2020 13th Annual Fine Wine Competition Double Gold Medal Winner, 96 points
Knight’s Valley, Sonoma County, lies between Alexander Valley and the backside of Mt. St. Helena. It is one of the best California Appellations for Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the most easterly of Sonoma’s many appellations making it the warmest. It is slightly cooler than Calistoga, Napa Valley, which is just on the other side of Mt. St. Helena. Cabernets from Knights Valley have the power of Napa Cabs with the balance and elegance one expects from a Sonoma Cab. It’s a perfect balance.
The Zukowski Vineyard is on the edge of the valley as it starts to climb Mt. St. Helena and has the best terroir of the appellation. It’s a small vineyard on the edge of the forest that Mark Zukowski planted to a field blend of Cab, Cab Franc and Merlot. Robert blended in a bit of Sonoma Valley Malbec to make it the perfect Bordeaux style Meritage experience. Add to that four years of barrel aging in the Deerfield cave and three more years in the bottle and it’s no wonder it got 96 points.
Assembled by taste, at which Robert is an expert, the blend accentuates the Cabernet and its terroir by taking the flavors to every corner of your palate; no holes, no spikes, no sharp edges, nothing left out, everything in balance. We made just 280 cases. Our Clean Wine® methods assure you can enjoy this wine with no adverse allergic reactions, headaches of hangovers. This wine is the perfect expression of our art.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec.
Alcohol 14.6% by vol., Residual sugar 0.19g/L, Velcorin free, Unfined, Cross flow clarified, No preservatives, Vegan, No artificial additives, Flavor from oak barrels, FSO2 < 12 PPM, Histamines < 5mg/L.