From the Wine Shop
Morlet, “Mon Chevalier” Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California 2013 (750mL)
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
- OakNew & Used French Barrels
- Temp.Serve at 65° F
- GlasswareLarge Bordeaux Stem
- Decanting60 Minutes
- PairingStanding Rib Roast w/ Mushroom Sauce
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