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Morlet, “Mon Chevalier” Cabernet SauvignonKnights Valley, Sonoma County, California 2013 (750mL)

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Morlet, “Mon Chevalier” Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California 2013 (750mL)

“When a winemaker as accomplished as Luc Morlet decides to put his name on a bottle, we’re all wise to pay close attention. This Cabernet-driven blend is a perfect mix of decadent and classic—and it’s clearly built to last!”

The winery agreed to part with a tiny allocation of “Mon Chevalier” from their private library. Sourced entirely from Knights Valley, one of Sonoma County’s first AVAs, this is a Cabernet-driven wine of immense concentration and refinement. Better still, it’s got some bottle age, demonstrating beyond any doubt that Knights Valley, and Morlet, can do “cellar-worthy” just as well as Classified Growth Bordeaux. Given Luc Morlet’s extensive background in his native France, not to mention the hands-on experience he gained while working at Peter Michael Winery, this doesn’t surprise us one bit.

In the glass, we see a deep red-purple, almost perfectly consistent from core to rim.  Make no mistake, this a youthful wine with vibrant notes of black currant, blackberry, and chocolate up front with more subtle undertones of graphite, pencil shavings, cedar, and loamy soil. It is full-bodied with a firm yet well-integrated tannic structure, and more importantly, a hedonistic richness on the mid-palate that transitions seamlessly into a long, smooth finish.

  • CountryUnited States
  • RegionSonoma County, California
  • Sub-RegionKnight's Valley
  • SoilLoam & Rocky Volcanic
  • FarmingSustainable Practices
  • Blend86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
  • Alcohol15%
  • OakNew & Used French Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 65° F
  • GlasswareLarge Bordeaux Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2028+
  • Decanting60 Minutes
  • PairingStanding Rib Roast w/ Mushroom Sauce

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