Arrowood Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
|California, Sonoma County
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley, blended with 2% Merlot, was aged 24 months in 40% new French oak. It has a deep ruby color and aromas of cassis with accents of graphite, sage, tobacco leaves and thyme. The full-bodied texture is grainy and fresh with a seamless feel and balanced ripeness, finishing long and detailed. 3,265 cases were made.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley offers a beguiling mix of dark red fruit and the strong mineral/savory notes that are such a signature of the appellation. Black cherry, scorched earth, bittersweet chocolate, licorice and dried herbs lend notable character. This bold, layered Cabernet has a ton to offer. It's a terrific introduction to this range.
This wine has strong layers of structure and tannin, bold swathes within an otherwise elegant, restrained style of graceful complexity. Plum, graham cracker, currant and leather combine in dense bolts of concentrated intensity and length.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley is terrific and just classic Sonoma Cabernet. Lots of cassis, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings and rocky, savory earth-like nuances all emerge from this spicy, medium-bodied, beautifully balanced Cabernet. It shows the fresh, focused style of the vintage, has wonderful purity, and enough tannins to warrant 2-3 years of bottle age.