The 2019 winegrowing season brought a record rainfall in winter, providing
abundant groundwater for flowering. Spring followed with cool temperatures
that allowed the grapes to mature gradually, supporting full flavors, fresh
acidity, and superb balance. Summer was mild, with a brief heat spike that
created the right amount of vine stress leading into the start of harvest in
mid-August. In Knights Valley 2019 delivered light- to normal-size yields of
The grapes were hand-picked in the pre-dawn hours of September 24 and
delicately pressed to preserve their broad range of aromatics and sense of peak
freshness. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours to achieve clarity then
racked clean to stainless steel for slow fermentation at cold temperatures to
ensure bright, varietal character. Malolactic fermentation was inhibited and
the finished wine aged for seven months in 90% stainless steel and 10% new
French oak barrels prior to bottling.
Made from a single selection of Musque clone, this wine is a reflection of our
Knights Bridge vineyard and its distinct terroir. Crisp flavors of lemon,
chamomile tea, and honeycomb are all supported by a vibrant minerality
toward the finish. Old vines contribute to weight and texture, making this an
especially full and caressing Sauvignon Blanc.
The richness and fine texture of this wine pair well with sushi or denser fish
like yellowtail, trout or haddock. It is a superb accompaniment to saffron
risotto with scallops and adds a fine refreshing quality to a host of
vegetable-based Asian cuisines like Thai curry.