RECOMMENDED: 2009 William Knuttel Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County. 13.9% ABV. $19.99.

Delicious, smooth, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. It was blended with Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot, which explains why it is more of a Bordeaux-style red than a fruit bomb. It’s big but not in-your-face, and beautifully aromatic. It hasn’t been super-easy to find, but it’s an interesting and versatile wine indeed. However, could be the word’s getting out about William Knuttel Wines. We saw a display recently at the Fresh Market in Gainesville, FL.

HISTORY: Based in Healdsburg/Oakville, William Knuttel is also Executive Winemaker at Dry Creek Vineyard. Before joining DCV in 2003, he was winemaker at Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery for seven years, at Saintsbury for 13 years, and owner/winemaker at Tria starting in 1993. He is known for making exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

LABEL NOTES: Hillside vineyards provide the backbone for this deeply concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon. Full extraction during fermentation, followed by extended maceration, enhanced the wine’s structure. Twenty-two months in French oak and blending with Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot produced an elegantly balanced wine with excellent length.

WEB: www.williamknuttel.com

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2 Responses to RECOMMENDED: 2009 William Knuttel Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County. 13.9% ABV. $19.99.

  1. I have this one in my wine cellar and will be having it tonight. Looking forward to it evenmore after your write up.
    Thank you.

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