Huge Bear Wines
2014 Knights Bridge Vineyard Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Sonoma County: Knights Valley
A huge bear walks into a wine bar, sits down and orders a glass of Cab. The owner, amazed that this bear can actually talk, gives him a glass. The bear says, “what do I owe you?” The owner thinks for a moment and says, “that’ll be twenty.” The bear forks over the money and starts sipping his wine. After a few minutes, the owner can’t restrain his curiosity, so he walks back over to the huge bear and tries to strike up a conversation; “you know, we don’t see many bears here.” The bear looks up from his glass and says, “well, at twenty bucks a glass, I’m not surprised!”
As you can imagine, just like that wine bar owner, we were SHOCKED to taste a Cab this outstanding that we are able to offer to you at a mere $35, down all the way from its original and still within reach $75. Multiply that by 5 to get an idea what Peter Michael Winery just down the road gets for their version of a flagship red from the very same terroir. Seriously undervalued, this is a HUGE wine for a TINY price tag, believe it.
Black, blue and purple on the thin circumference, it quickly turns pitch black within. Crushed dark berries, plum, cassis, violets, cigar box and graphite bloom redolently on the striking nose. Firmly structured on the palate with bright offsetting acidity complicated by a touch of minerality. Full-bodied, yet graceful and elegant, spice and mocha build for a fascinating climax on the accentuated finish. This bold as a bear Cab could handle the richest of meat dishes with power to spare.
The Knights Bridge Vineyard is located on the southern boundary of the stunning Knights Valley AVA of Sonoma County. Rising from 300 to 900 feet in elevation on the rocky slopes of the Mayacamas mountain range north of Calistoga, it overlooks a spectacular display of rolling hills, steep mountains and gentle valleys. Blessed with a combination of iron-rich and white-ash tufa (calcium carbonate) soils, the terroir of Knights Bridge provides an ideal environment for Cabernet to thrive. Taking a sustainable approach, these carefully farmed hillsides share open space with wildlife habitats and riparian corridors, helping preserve nature’s delicate balance.
Accompanying this instant classic is a timeless story going back to the 1820s when a local newspaper headlined; “Huge Bear Attacks Knights Valley!” That literally happened, and about 2 centuries into his ancestry a Timothy Carl, geneticist and philanthropist, was struck by the parallels to his newfound obsession of starting a wine project. He teamed up with Burgundy and UC Davis trained veteran winemaker Douglas Danielak of Paras Vineyard, Jade Mountain, and Pont Neuf fame to capture some Huge Bear Wines into bottle. While Decanter named Huge Bear one of the “Famous Five Animal Wineries” worldwide, and Forbes picked it for a “Coolest Wine Labels” feature, this is a no joke wine inside that’ll put many a next-door neighbor Napa Valley Cabs to shame.
Black, blue and purple on the thin circumference, it quickly turns pitch black within.
Crushed dark berries, plum, cassis, violets, cigar box and graphite bloom redolently.
Firmly structured with bright offsetting acidity complicated by a touch of minerality.
Full-bodied, yet graceful and elegant, spice and mocha build for a fascinating climax.
This bold as a bear Cab could handle the richest of meat dishes with power to spare.
What the Winery Says
- Douglas Danielak
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Knights Valley, Sonoma County
- 24 months
- 65% new French oak
- 4 barrels