The season began with rain that refilled reservoirs and replenished soils, a welcome relief after an extended drought. Harvest started early at a normal pace in
many regions and then progressed rapidly during a heat wave in late August and early September. Cooling temperatures in mid-September slowed the harvest and allowed red grapes to ripen gradually.
The grapes were hand harvested at night, carefully sorted in the vineyard, then brought to the cellar and destemmed. Following a cold soak, fermentation occurred at a high temperature to ensure maximum extraction was achieved before the wine was racked to 30 percent new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before bottling.
The 2017 Knollside Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of dark fruit, cocoa powder, baking spices, toasted oak, and a hint of clover. The inviting flavors
of blueberry, blackberry, strawberry pie, coffee, and notes of vanilla cola. Juicy firm tannins and a long toasted finish bring you back for another sip. Drink now or continue to cellar up to 10+ years. Pair with a lovely Fiscalini cheddar, or your favorite aged cheese.