Lot #37 KNIGHTS BRIDGE WINERY
Knights Bridge Estate Vineyard
- Knights Valley
ABOUT THE WINE:
The “New Beginnings” barrel auction lot is the first vintage crafted in Knights Bridge Winery’s new state-of-the-art winery, which opened at the end of 2021. The winery is the culmination of 15 years of exceptional winemaking from the estate vineyard and is only the second winery ever built in Knights Valley. Situated at the foot of ancient volcanic Mount St. Helena, beautiful and remote Knights Valley features an untamed landscape of cattle ranches, small farms and 2,000 vineyard acres. This easternmost Sonoma County appellation is also the warmest viticulture region in the county. Within this rural sanctuary, sparse rhyolitic soils are sheltered from the Pacific Ocean’s strong cooling influence, while evening temperatures are moderated by elevation, resulting in beautifully balanced wines. “New Beginnings” showcases the expressive precision of Bordeaux varieties in Knights Valley, it’s easy to distinguish the role of each in the final blend: Cabernet Sauvignon (structure/cassis), Merlot (aromas /shaved chocolate), Petite Verdot (structural tannin/Mulberry) Cabernet Franc (savory and lifted aromatics/cedar) and Malbec (profound color and body/black cherry).
The new Knights Bridge winery and caves were constructed almost entirely underground, and the fermentation barn showcases elegantly understated architecture and dramatic glass walls. Mt. St. Helena and the surrounding vineyards are visible through the floor to ceiling windows, while the intimate tasting salon places an important focus on natural light. Entering directly through the state-of-the-art production facility, guests follow the same route that grapes go through at the winery, past five stunning, custom tulip-shaped concrete tanks, through the grand barrel cave, into an art-filled light well for a private, seated tasting.
In 1988 Winemaker Douglas Danielak began crafting wines for some of the most admired wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties and joined the founding winemaking team in 2006. During those early years, he spent time mapping the unique aspects of the vineyard, and has been the driving force behind new plantings and cutting-edge clonal material, as well as the winery’s move to organic farming practices. The results show in “New Beginnings” which is a wine of abundant energy and fruit, featuring aromas of cassis, cedar, mulberry and lavender, plus resonating notes of blueberry and shaved Ecuador chocolate. A perfect contrast of sweet and savory, this is a vintage poised for greatness with cellar age.
WINEMAKER(S): Douglas Danielak
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: August 2022
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: February 2023
National Distribution: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL,GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MI, MD, MN, MO, MT, NV, NC, NJ, NY, ND, OH, PA, RI, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY, Washington, DC
International Distribution: Please inquire for more information.A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered in your market as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.