Gehricke Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Gehricke Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


This Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has spice-driven aromas of cloves, anice and fennel, complemented by notes of dark cherry. The palate holds a fine tannic quality with hints of spice and intense ripe fruit flavors. Following a balanced palate, the finish is long lasting. This stunning, plush red with 4% Petite Sirah aged 16 months in French and American oak. Showing a black-carmine hue, it offers up a fragrance of mocha and nutmeg. Teeth-grabbing, chalky tannins surround concentrated notes of blackberry and fennel before espresso takes charge, wrapping around a core of walnut and purple plum. As the wine opens up and softens, it reaches an elegant stage with persistent grip.


The first vineyards were planted in Knights Valley in the 19th Century by Thomas B. Knight, and grapegrowers prospered in the region until the start of Prohibition in 1919. It was only in the 1960s and 1970s that the Knights Valley wine industry began to pick up again. AVA status was gained in 1983.Today, there are around 2,000 acres (800ha) of vineyards in the region. Most of these are managed by producers located in other parts of northern California – for example Beringer, which has had a significant presence in the valley since the 1970s. Peter Michael is the exception to this, and has been based in the region since the early 1980s.Well-drained soils, warm temperatures and high sunshine levels ensure that its most widely planted grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, achieves the full-bodied, ripe, chocolate flavors for which the region has become known. The variety accounts for about two-thirds of the wine produced.


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