Knights Valley Wine

Knights Valley is a wine region in Northern Sonoma in the North Coast of California. It’s named for pioneer Thomas Knight, who settled in the area in 1845 after all of his belongings were destroyed in a wagon explosion that left him strapped. But he found his calling in agriculture, and was so successful that he was able to buy Rancho Mallacomes from Jose de los Santos Berryessa in 1853 and planted grapevines, among other crops. By the 1880s, Knights Valley had a thriving wine scene until the triple threat of Phylloxera, the Prohibition and the Great Depression took its toll on the industry.

But the region eventually made its comeback and today is home to many world-class wineries. Well-drained alluvial soil from nearby Mount St. Helena and warm temperatures create perfect growing conditions for the full-bodied red wines produced there from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Mourvedre. The main white varietals produced there are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. ~Amanda Schuster

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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Knights Valley View all

  • Michael's Wines

    Welcome to Michael's Wines. Home of quality wines from California's Napa Valley. Our IV (4) J's w...

  • Anakota

    Sourced exclusively from Estate-owned Knights Valley vineyards, Anakota is a collection of single...

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Knights Valley on Snooth

  • Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • Lawer Estates Betsy's Vineyard Petite Sirah Knights Valley 2013

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    Deep ruby-purple color with some salinity and earthy minerality in the glass and notes of ripe raspberry and tart cranberry. Puckeringly tart on entry and full of red currant, cranberry and cherry notes, this is powerfully tannic and dry and carries a bit of heat towards the finish that warms the palate along with some black olive notes, menthol... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lawer Estates Late Harvest Chardonnay Knights Valley Sonoma County 2014

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Lawer Estates Late Harvest Chardonnay Knights Valley Sonoma County 2014

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    Deep notes of dried apricot, candied apple, and marshmallow sweet potato casserole on the nose. Palate of pert clementines and juicy navel oranges with a tinny lemon zest finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2013

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    Wonderful full body. Taste it on the palate, the tongue, and all the way down. Notes of spice,acidity. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Its hard  to please three people with different tastes.Agree. ... ... ... Sauvignon Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon The links that I have provided, above, are to the wineries' web sites.  So, don't be too concerned about the prices that you see.  The most expensive place to by a wine is from the winery.  The "street price" that you... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2013

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    Vanilla cream notes pour off the nose with soft cherry and blackberry, notes of fresh tobacco leaf and clove. This is austere and full bodied, with silky tannins hardening towards the front of the palate and highlighting creamy blackberry and black currant flavors, toast and cedar, and a smoky finish of dark chocolate and blackberry preserve. Ri... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lawer Estates Rose of Syrah Knights Valley 2014

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    Dried apricot and ripe cherry aromas open for this lovely wine with a hint of vanilla and almond notes as well. Creamy in the mouth, with strawberry and ripe cherry flavors, clean and well made with bright acidity but plenty of red fruit to keep the palate fresh. There's a bit of earth and some meaty complexity moving through that rounds out the... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Yeah Greg, last year I bought a J Gott Zinfandel (actually I remember telling Richard about it when we had lunch at Gott's burger place), and it was frankly disappointing.  Seghesio is ahead by miles.Where my wife's from near Seattle the have a store called QFC, which is under the Kroger branding.  They have a great temperature controlled cellar... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Melka Red Mekerra 2012

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • We have had vineyards in Knight's Valley since 1987. Our Cabernet grapes went into the 1996 ChateauStJean Cinq Cepage wine of the world. Our small somewhat new (2009) winery is named PetrifiedForestVineyards, and we produce 300 cases of Merlot, 300 cases of Cabernet, and a late harvest botrytis dessert wine. We are next door to Morlet on one s...

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