Chad Cabernet Knights Valley 2019 | “a hop, skip, and a jump from the Oakville Crossroad”
Chad Cabernet Knights Valley 2019 pours a vibrant deep purple in color. Refined aromas of fresh blackberry, blueberry, and cassis spill from the rim of the glass, with nuanced hints of mocha, mint, cedar, and tilled earth. While bold on entry, the wine is medium-full bodied and taut in mouthfeel. Fine, satiny tannins convey flavors of black fruit, toast, and a touch of fresh herbs with a textural depth and richness, making them pop. Long and evolving, it’s everything you would expect from the high-elevation sites and poor soils of Knights Valley. Drink now – 2029.
In the hands of a few brilliant winemakers, Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon fetches upwards of $200 per bottle, regularly outpointing the best of Mount Veeder and Spring Mountain. In a 2019 vintage that Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, and Vinous are already touting as one of the best in a couple of decades, Knights Valley shined like never before, something that wasn’t lost on Chad.
Phenomenal 2019 Vintage | Big, bold, and intensely concentrated
“In good vintages,” he said, “and in the most masterful hands, a few Knights Valley vineyards put out Cabernet that stands tall against the best of Spring Mountain and Mount Veeder. But in 2019,” Chad winked as he poured the purple-black Cabernet into Zalto Universals. “The best of the best outpoint Pritchard Hill. This is one of those.”
Winemaker Chad Joseph
The bonanza promised by the late harvest of October 2018, in less than two months, turned into a glut. The mood, even in the high ground of Lake Hennessey, went from gleeful to somber. That is for everyone but our young winemaker friend, Chad. But receiving another call, quickly led to the bottling of the magnificent Chad Cabernet Knights Valley 2019.
As you may recall, even as the young winemaker provided plenty of clues as to the neighborhood from which those Cabernets were drawn, Chad was careful not to identify the winery or winemaker names. Now, with so many Napa Valley balance sheets drenched in red ink, Chad is once again in the driver’s seat. Nevermore so than today.