“The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Knighton Family Vineyards Reserve is surprisingly accessible. In this vintage, the Reserve is silky and refined in its personality, but there is plenty of underlying structure for the wine to drink well for a number of years. Leather, smoke, tobacco and iron all add complexity. The 2011 doesn't have the fruit density or depth of the 2010, but it is quite beautiful all the same. The 2011 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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