“Blue/black fruits, menthol, licorice and asphalt all jump from the glass in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Knighton Family Vineyards Reserve. Powerful and structured, the 2010 is distinctive and superb today. The massive tannins are going to need a few years to soften, but all of the elements are in the right place. This is a fabulous showing from Knighton. The 2010 is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot.”
Reached by taking the rather harrowing trip 3 miles up through the Palisades range northeast of Calistoga, Knighton Family Vineyards sits atop Jericho Canyon, which is becoming known as an epicenter for premier Cabernet Sauvignon. Vintners, past and present, that have produced magnificent cabernets from the area include Rudd Winery, Ramey Wine Cellars, Jericho Canyon Vineyards and Vineyard 29. Volcanic soils, perfect exposure and the mountain climate all combine to provide a one-of-a-kind growing environment.
The planting of the vineyards in 2004 was challenging given the state of the property and the natural mountain geography. Farming is all by hand. The vineyards consist of five distinct blocks all producing cabernet sauvignon-Toll Road, Wapoo, Landslide, Palisades and Jericho-each with unique topology, geology and growing characteristics.
The struggle to farm such land yields fruit well worth the effort. After the first crop it was decided that the 2007 vintage would be the first to make a wine from the Knighton Vineyards. A small quantity was made and the remainder of the fruit was shared exclusively with Chuck McMinn (Vineyard 29) known for producing some of the finest wines in the Napa Valley.
Thank you for visiting! Knighton Family Vineyards is located in the far northeastern corner of the Napa Valley, up the historic Old Toll Road and perched 1000 to 1500 feet above the valley floor. The property is on the steep slopes and quite literally in the clouds of Mt. St. Helena. Combining one of the most unique mountain-side terroirs in Napa, with the very best vineyard managers and winemakers, we have assembled a premiere team of people to produce only the highest quality wine.
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