Comprised of the intense Heritage Clone 6 fruit, the 2017 Collinwood Cabernet Sauvignon wraps high-toned red and warm purple fruits in spice, cedar, and shaved chocolate while maintaining perfect focus and balance. There is a subtle finesse, elegant presence, and fine texture that evolves in the glass. While delicious early on, do not underestimate its cellaring potential for 20 years or more.
Exposed to a very even climate and low diurnal shifts, Knights Valley captures the full breadth of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, making it a textbook example of the variety. We night harvest by hand, then sort and destem the grapes before a 72-hour cold soak and traditional fermentation with two pumpovers per day for 16 days. The wine is aged in 80% new French oak from Allier and Nevers forests.
Our Vineyard Collection wines highlight unique characteristics from specific blocks. These place- and terroir-driven wines reflect a pure expression of our estate vineyard in Knights Valley and winemaker Douglas Danielak’s guiding hand to bring out their highest qualities. Each block name is grounded in family history and our rural roots to reflect and honor our values. Ethel Linville Bailey and Essel William Bailey met in Collinwood, TN as teenagers. Ethel excelled in academics and athletics, leading her basketball team to the state finals in 1937. After the high school sweethearts married, Essel left to serve his country in World II, landing on Normandy Beach in 1944. The couple celebrated 65 years farming and raising their family together.