Knights Bridge Sauvignon Blanc “Pont de Chevalier,” Knights Valley, 2019
This Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc from Knights Bridge Vineyard is rich, full, with a fine texture and notes of citrus, herbal tea, honeycomb, and vibrant minerality.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELATION (AVA): Knights Valley
REGION: North Coast, California
SUB-REGION: Sonoma County
VINEYARD: Knights Bridge
GRAPES: Sauvignon Blanc (Musque clone)
SOIL: A combination of iron-rich and white-ash tufa (calcium carbonate)
VINIFICATION: 7 months in 90% stainless steel, 10% new French oak
COLOR: Medium Straw
BODY: Light to Medium (3-4)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Tropical fruit, citrus, soft herb
FLAVOR: Crisp, lemon, chamomile tea, honeycomb, vibrant mineral finish; rich, fine texture
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
Food pairings may include sushi, dense fish such as yellowtail, trout, haddock, Korean-stylle BBQ lettuce wraps, saffron risotto with scallops, or Thai curry.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
“Situated at the foot of Mount St. Helena, just north of Calistoga, beautiful Knights Valley holds a special fascination. Located in a narrow valley bordering the Mayacamas mountain range that divides Sonoma and Napa Counties, this easternmost Sonoma County appellation, known for its warm days and cool nights, is the warmest viticultural region in the county. The valley's beauty and mineral-rich volcanic rhyolitic (volcanic) soils help produce world class Chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc; wines that consistently earn acclaim from critics and wine lovers alike. This special place continues to enshrine the rough beauty and ambition of the West, but contains within it a classic finesse and style that makes this one of the most unique wine-growing regions in the world.”*
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
“In 2006, several close-knit family members discovered 50 acres of hillside vineyards in Knights Valley, the perfect spot to produce exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Knights Bridge vineyard is nestled on the pristine west side of Knights Valley, the warmest appellation in Sonoma County. It was here that the family decided to create Knights Bridge Winery with the singular goal of producing world-class wines. Joining on their quest is a group of talented professionals, all striving together in the pursuit of excellence from sustainable farming methods and small lot wine production to unique tasting experiences. Knights Bridge Winery is guided by a deep respect for nature, a passion for fine wines, and a dedication to family and friends.”*
ABOUT THE WINEMAKER:
“In 1988, Douglas Danielak began crafting wines for some of the most admired wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, and in 2006 was named an original member of our winemaking team. Having made exceptional wines from our estate vineyards for over 10 years, he is now our Director of Winemaking.
Douglas graduated from Michigan State University, and later U.C. Davis earning a BS in Viticulture and Enology. He also attended the Lycée Agricole et Viticole de Beaune in Burgundy. During his time in France, Douglas worked with Rebecca Wasserman at Le Serbet gaining in-depth knowledge of barrels from cooperages Francois Frères and Taransaud. During his award-winning career, Douglas has received both critical praise and high scores. In 2014, Wine Spectator named Douglas a Winemaker to Watch.”*