2013 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Sonoma County: Knights Valley
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Today’s Rowley Estates 2013 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is, without a doubt, the best Knight’s Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that we’ve ever tasted! This is a spare-no-expense wine at a price that you’d be crazy to pass up.
Very limited, so act quickly.
This wine is even better than most Napa Cabernet Sauvignons in the same price class. No kidding. That good.
On the nose, this wine is dark and bold, with balanced aromas of black cherry, leather, summer forest, boysenberry jam, cigar box, sweet mixed spice, cassis and baker’s chocolate.
A silky entry transports bold, dark flavors all across the palate, with bold black cherry, blackberry preserve, cassis, leather, spice box, bramble, dried fall leaves, cocoa powder and black pepper.
Winemaker Chris Taddei (SuperSonoman, Hensteeth) was fortunate to work with some of the finest Knight’s Valley fruit from the Rowley Estate vineyard. Rowley spared no expense in meticulously caring for the hillside vineyard. Barrel selection was easy, choose the best.
This is a spare-no-expense wine at a price that you’d be crazy to pass up. And here’s a sweetener for you: Free Ground Shipping included on 4 or more bottles - though we don’t see why anyone would buy less than a case.
What’s the catch? There isn’t very much of it, so act quickly.
Drink now (decant for best results) and enjoy over the next 10 to 15 years. This wine will only improve (hard to believe!) with a few years of bottle aging.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
94 points - “Sommelier to the Stars” Christopher Sawyer - “Made with premium grapes from Knights Valley, this elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot immediately stimulates the senses with lofty aromas of fresh berries, wild herbs, dark chocolate fudge, and roasted nuts.
On the palate, the deep flavors of ripe blackberry, blueberry, roasted fig, tea leaves, and black currant are enhanced with integrated layers of spice, licorice, vanilla, and black walnut. With velvety texture, silky tannins and a long finish, it’s a wine that becomes more sophisticated, generous and fulfilling until the last sip.
Food pairings: Pasta with shaved black truffle, gourmet sausage, seared duck breast, rare grilled meats, slow-roasted rack of lamb, tangy cheeses, bittersweet chocolate with berries.”
Black and inky at the heart of this dense, dark wine. At the edges, dark garnet. Spin the wine and note how heavy it looks in the glass. When it settles, which it does quickly, it leaves behind tall, skinny tears that move very slowly down the glass wall.
Black cherry, leather, summer forest, boysenberry jam, cigar box, sweet mixed spice, cassis and baker’s chocolate.
Bold black cherry, blackberry preserve, cassis, leather, spice box, bramble, dried fall leaves, cocoa powder and black pepper.
Silky on entry, then quickly grippy as plush tannins take hold. Eventually, and very gradually, lips, cheeks, and gums are all left with a plush, crushed velvet dryness.
Steak, steak, steak! Oh, and more steak. Preferably with a side of steak. All grilled to a nice, rare perfection.
What the Winery Says
- Chris Taddei
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Sonoma County, Knights Valley
- 24 months
- French oak
- 192 cases