William Knuttel

707-326-8234 P.O. Box 10787
Napa, CA 94581
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William Knuttel is a winemaker regarded for his experience producing ultra premium wines for some of California’s most prestigious wineries. He began in the early 1980s at Saintsbury, honing his craft on elegant, Burgundian styles of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay before founding Tria in the 1990s. He has also held key positions at Chalk Hill winery, Dry Creek vineyard and ZAP. William Knuttel is his own winery. Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from top vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties, Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast and Malbec from Sonoma County and Alexander Valley as well as a Pinot Gris. 

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Petit Verdot

    History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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  • William Knuttel Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2010

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    Wine review by rebeccawow


  • It’s not often that I recommend that you don’t drink a particular ... off for whatever reason.But William Knuttel’s 2010 Pinot Noir Epee Cuvee is different. I want to warn you not to open it  because I did and don’t want you to repeat my mistake. It’s not ready yet but I detect definite promise. It’s still too young but not in a vibrant Beaujo... Read More

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  • Wm Knuttel Pinot Noir 2006

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  • William Knuttel Pinot Noir California 2007

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  • William Knuttel Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005

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  • Wm Knuttel Pinot Noir 2006

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  • Wm Knuttel Pinot Noir 2006

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  • William Knuttel Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2009

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    The color was a translucent ruby. The aromas were definitely fruity, with cherry and strawberry most dominate. The taste had lots of fruit, light tannins, and some toasty oak. The wine was quite smooth with a touch of spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by r sprezzatura


  • Wine tasting is an adventure. The thrill of discovering that new great value is ... ... as a partner. 90pts2008 William Knuttel Epée Cuvée Pinot Noir, Sonoma County, California 13.9%Sweet, perfumy cherry fruit with a touch of wood spice and light notes of cola and gingerbread. Nicely balanced on entry with a rather suave feel across the palate... Read More

    From the article WSJwine from The Wall Street Journal


  • William Knuttel Pinot Noir Napa Valley 2008

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    Bright ripe cherry fruit with some powdered sugar and cinnamon. Palate is nice and juicy and spicy with a dark cocoa finish with just a touch of cream. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Being a member of the WSJ Wine club, I, for the first time, tasted (drank) your 2007 Pinot Noir for dinner this evening. I found the wine very pleasant aroma with some herbal flavors, though I am not an expert in wine tasting. I was also delighted to enjoy looking at the logo on the wine bottle: ONE epee fencer in swift motion. Can I find your...

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