Knights Valley

The Knights Valley AVA is located on 37,000 acres in Sonoma County, California. Knights Valley was formally designated an AVA in 1983. The region is the eastern most region of Sonoma before you reach Napa County. Like much of Sonoma, the soil in the Knights Valley is volcanic and well draining. Knights Valley has the distinction of being the warmest climate in Sonoma County. The valley is free from coastal breezes that are frequently found in Sonoma and results in an ideal climate for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, the region produces Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and world-class Sauvignon Blanc.

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2009 Petrified Forest Vineyards Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
$ 39.00

2009 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc--Gold--2013 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

"Wonderful floral aromas give way to flavors of pineapple, apricots, and citrus.  Its clean, crisp finish and just the right amount of sweetness make this wine the perfect accompaniment to both sweet and savory food pairings."  Baci Cafe & Wine Bar (2012).

Winemaker Notes

Late harvest wines have always captivated our imagination. When we purchased our property in Knights Valley in 1987, the existing Sauvignon blanc vineyard surprised us with an area that provided the necessary conditions for botrytis cinerea each harvest. This “noble rot” has allowed us to coax an amazingly complex wine from our tiny hillside vineyard. Once only produced for family and close friends, we can now share the fruit of our passion with you.

Appellation: Knights Valley
Brix At Harvest: 31.3 degrees
Residual Sugar: 6.88 gm/100 ml.
Alcohol: 14.8%
Aging: Aged in stainless steel barrels for 18 months.

2010 Petrified Forest Cabernet Sauvignon
$ 48.00

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon--Gold--2015 Sunset International Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

"Dark red magenta in the glass, it's dark and yet bright.  The purity on the nose is impressive, with ripeness perfected and the oak balanced.  There's a sweet core of fruit on the palate, chock full of dark red cherries, cassis, wet tobacco and sweet earth.  60+second finish that has nice tannic grip without being 'drying'.  Impressively rich in all the right places, the wine continues to evolve with air, telling me that a two-hour decant is probably wise.  Drink now and for 7-8 more years for optimum drinking."  Chris at Calwine.  (Dec.2014)

"Don't fear the herbs.  This savory wine has a beautiful green olive and fresh herb character in small amounts, adding great complexity."  Sunset magazine, October 2015 issue.

2011 Petrified Forest Merlot
$ 36.00

2011 Merlot--Silver--2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

"Smooth and elegant with red fruit notes of dried cranberry, raspberry, and strawberry jam.  Framing the mouthwatering fruit are toasty oak notes of chocolate and caramel.  This compelling and nuanced wine has great balance now and is sure to please for years to come."  Leigh Meyering, winemaker (January, 2014)

Varietal: 100% Merlot 
Appellation: Knights Valley
Harvest Date: October 13, 2011
Alcohol: 14.1%
Aging: Aged in the finest French oak barrels for 18 months.
Released: September 1, 201

2012 Petrified Forest Merlot
$ 36.00

2011 Merlot--Silver--2014 SF Chronicle Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

"Smooth and elegant with red fruit notes of dried cranberry, raspberry, and strawberry jam.  Framing the mouthwatering fruit are toasty oak notes of chocolate and caramel.  This compelling and nuanced wine has great balance now and is sure to please for years to come."  Leigh Meyering, winemaker (January, 2014)

Varietal: 100% Merlot 
Appellation: Knights Valley
Harvest Date: October 13, 2011
Alcohol: 14.1%
Aging: Aged in the finest French oak barrels for 18 months.
Released: September 1, 201

2015 Petrified Forest Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
$ 23.00

2014 Sauvignon Blanc--Bronze, Sunset International Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

Pale yellow with a tinge of green, gooseberry , melon rind on the nose with a touch of Serrano pepper. The palate is lively with vibrant acidity and finishes seamlessly with flavors of kiwi and lime zest

Vintage

The 2014 Vintage was warm and sunny from April on. That compounded with almost no rain contributed to early ripening and concentrated fruit. Reds will benefit from some bottle age and cellar well, this white wine is drinking beautifully right now.

Fermentation

The grapes were picked at dawn and whole cluster pressed immediately. The newly pressed juice was cold settled in tank overnight then racked off heavy solids to it’s fermentation tank and a small amount of neutral French oak barrels. The tank was inoculated with a proprietary yeast blend while the barrels were left to ferment with indigenous yeast. After a slow, cool fermentation the new wine was racked off the lees and bottled as early as possible to preserve it’s vibrant character.

Analysis at Harvest

Brix- 22.6                   pH- 3.36                     Ta- 0.72 g/100ml