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Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2013

External Review by WineExpress.com:

Arrowood wines showcases Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon at its very best. Founded over three decades ago by Dick Arrowood, it is now under the ownership of the Jackson family with their vast and exceptional vineyard holdings and fine wine making expertise. Knights Valley is one of the most remote AVAs in Sonoma County, bordering Napa Valley to the east and Alexander Valley to the northwest. Protected from ocean influences, this region experiences a moderated climate, offering a longer and later growing season, which develops more dark fruit aromatics. Very fine textured soils allow for great drainage even at lower elevations, producing small berries that deliver powerful tannins and densely structured wines. Grapes for this wine were sourced entirely from the Knights Cross Vineyard in Knights Valley. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 8% Malbec, the wine was fermented in stainless steel, and aged for 24 months in 80% French oak (20% new) and 20% American oak (4% new). Antonio Galloni on Vinous scored this 91 and said "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley), all Knights Valley fruit in this vintage, is superb. Raspberry jam, spice, scorched earth, rose petal, cloves and new leather are some of the signatures. Knights Valley is often noted for Graves-like sense of gravel-infused minerality, naturally allied to a California expression of fruit. That is exactly what readers will find in the 2013." and Anthony Dias Blue in Tasting Panel Magazine scored this 93 points saying "Dark and dense, smooth and rich; deep, intense and luscious; ripe blackberry and cherry; notes of licorice, toasted oak and spice; lovely texture and length.”

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Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wi... Read more
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wine for more than four decades. Before founding Arrowood, he was winemaker and the first employee at Chateau St. Jean. There he produced the winery's first releases: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and a wine that may have very well put Chateau St. Jean on the map - a Select Late Harvest Riesling. Arrowood Winery opened while Richard was still the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and for the first three years Alis ran the winery while Richard fulfilled his obligations at Chateau St. Jean. She dragged hoses in the cellar, topped barrels and ran the bottling line. She spent weekends entertaining, giving tours and hosting wine tastings. The first Arrowood wines were released in 1988. Read less

External Reviews for Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
04/11/2017

Arrowood wines showcases Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon at its very best. Founded over three decades ago by Dick Arrowood, it is now under the ownership of the Jackson family with their vast and exceptional vineyard holdings and fine wine making expertise. Knights Valley is one of the most remote AVAs in Sonoma County, bordering Napa Valley to the east and Alexander Valley to the northwest. Protected from ocean influences, this region experiences a moderated climate, offering a longer and later growing season, which develops more dark fruit aromatics. Very fine textured soils allow for great drainage even at lower elevations, producing small berries that deliver powerful tannins and densely structured wines. Grapes for this wine were sourced entirely from the Knights Cross Vineyard in Knights Valley. 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 8% Malbec, the wine was fermented in stainless steel, and aged for 24 months in 80% French oak (20% new) and 20% American oak (4% new). Antonio Galloni on Vinous scored this 91 and said "The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Knights Valley), all Knights Valley fruit in this vintage, is superb. Raspberry jam, spice, scorched earth, rose petal, cloves and new leather are some of the signatures. Knights Valley is often noted for Graves-like sense of gravel-infused minerality, naturally allied to a California expression of fruit. That is exactly what readers will find in the 2013." and Anthony Dias Blue in Tasting Panel Magazine scored this 93 points saying "Dark and dense, smooth and rich; deep, intense and luscious; ripe blackberry and cherry; notes of licorice, toasted oak and spice; lovely texture and length.”



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