Lot 457 | 2022 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

Lot 457 | 2022 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

Regular price$24.00
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$60+/bottle under the original label

Our Cabernet hunt takes us back to one of the premier sub-appellations in Sonoma – Knights Valley – with a declassified single-vineyard old vine Cabernet Sauvignon from a site nestled at the base of Mt. St. Helena. NDA terms from the Napa-based source dictated that we couldn’t print Knights Valley on the bottle.


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Our Cabernet hunt takes us back to one of the premier sub-appellations in Sonoma – Knights Valley – with a declassified single-vineyard old vine Cabernet Sauvignon from a site nestled at the base of Mt. St. Helena.

The catch: NDA terms from the Napa-based source winery dictated that we couldn’t print the Knights Valley sub-appellation on the bottle. That said, nothing in the contract mentioned that we couldn't share that information here! From the source tasting room, this wine goes for well over $60/bottle, over $720/case before their shipping charges.

Lot 457 comes to us from a Napa house that has sourced from this vineyard site for years. After harvesting in the early morning hours, the fruit is destemmed, then fermented with native yeasts in open top fermenters before settling into a barrel program of 60% American, 40% French oak, helmed by a seasoned valley winemaker who also developed their craft during a European tour of duty. All that said, due to current market trends the winery has been looking to “right size” their inventory from this program, and we got the call.

Our price: $24/bottle.

As you wind your way up Highway 128 into this remote corner of Sonoma, there’s a sense that time has been standing still. Largely undeveloped, the vineyards of Knights Valley are hidden between swaths of oak woodland that stretch high into rugged volcanic canyons. Home to the warmest climate within the county, the daytime sun and lack of fog ensure full ripeness, while the nights are cooled by the valley's higher elevation – a perfect setting for Bordeaux varietals. The soil is well-draining gravelly loam, which produce some of the hardiest vines in the Northern California and subsequent small clusters of concentrated fruit.

A common refrain about Knights Valley is that you get Napa's climate and soil at Sonoma prices. While there’s some truth to that statement, it's not quite a fair comparison because it overlooks a distinct quality of Knights Valley: the Cabs here tend to exhibit a distinct plushness, and possess an elegance all their own.

Black currant and red fruits are woven seamlessly with dark chocolate and graphite on the nose. The entry is a wonderful blend of cranberries and cherries accented by clay pot dust, layered over medium acidity and medium-grained, uniform tannins. The finish is long, with elegant spice and red fruit umami that leads to violets and vanilla blossoms.

14.4% alc.

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