Knuttel Family 2017 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2017 Knuttel Family Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Bordeaux-style Cab blend, using small amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, & Malbec to bring out the best of the Cabernet Sauvignon base. Select fruit from Doug Rafanelli's Dry Creek Valley floor vineyard together with Fred Peterson's hillside blocks, blended Peterson Vineyard Malbec for its bright fruit, and Merlot from Woods Vineyard for its spiciness. Handpicked, sorted fruit was extracted by punch down in small bins. Extended maceration on all lots augmented the wine’s structure and depth, as did eighteen months of aging in French oak, 30% of it new. Aromas of black cherry and ripe plum mesh with blackberry spice and violets. Flavors explode on the palate, with velvety tannins and elegant acidity seamlessly integrated into the finish.