2014 William Knuttel Malbec
Bradford Mountain, Peterson Vineyard,
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma
248 Cases Produced
I am not always enthusiastic about Malbec. The finish is sometimes too oily for me personally. I mentioned that to Guru winemaker Bill Knuttel while tasting all of is wines. We were pre ordering virtually everything he makes, but even before tasting I was giving him a heads up that we were probably not ordering his Malbec....... Yet we did. Bill has a theory that if you prune back Malbec for maximum density as opposed to yield, that oil becomes rich spice. If what I am tasting now is of any indication- he is right.
Flavor Profile; The Knuttel Malbec is lush in dense berry flavors. Raspberry, blueberry and hints of cranberry combine with rich plums. The finish which I often find oily in Malbec, is Cocoa powder, really enticing Cocoa powder. This wine is layered and complex, big and velvety and chewy with excellent hints of leather. Frankly I would have never guessed it to be Malbec. I think this wine is quite the value. ............If you like sixty dollar Cabs, you will like the 2014 Knuttel Single Vineyard Malbec at $24.00 Friends of Francis (Normal Price $28.00), Rex
PS This is not to be confused with his lower level Dry Creek .
PS from Michele - Rex's first words out of his mouth after tasting this wine, was not something I can print....but I will say, we were all extremely pleasantly surprised. m
All of the very best, Rex and Michele
The proof is always in the glass!