2014 Knez Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $34)

SKU #1309494 93 points Vinous

 The 2014 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley) is a bold, absolutely delicious wine to drink now and over the next few years. Racy and explosive to the core, the 2014 boasts serious depth, with tons of up-front fruit and the layered radiance that is such a signature of top Anderson Valley Pinots. This is an impressive appellation-level Pinot that overdelivers, big time. I was deeply impressed with these wines from Knez. According to winemaker Anthony Filiberti, naturally occurring low yields in 2014, along with less juice per ton than recent vintages such as 2012 and 2013, combined to produce unusually rich wines. Filiberti adds that sugars were actually quite modest, but that long fermentations gave the wines their their intense, rich textures. Readers who want to know why the 2014 vintage is magical for Pinot Noir will want to check out these wines from Knez. (AG)  (2/2016)

K&L Notes

Some of you may remember the massive closeout deals we have done in the past like Havens and Thomas Coyne. Well, we're here to tell you we have another up our sleeve with Knez. The Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from Knez have long been staff favorites here at K&L since their first vintage back in 2009 and the wines have only gotten better since then. So why, you may ask, are the wines being closed out? The Knez family owned three of the top vineyards in Anderson Valley, Cerise, Demuth and Knez Estate, and in late 2016 Kosta Browne bought the vineyards from the Knez family. Soon after the family decided that they wanted to get out of the wine game and have come to us to help them sell some of their remaining inventory. This has led us to truly incredible deals on a set of 2014 Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs from sites that will soon be unaffordable, impossible to get monopoles for Kosta Browne. I would highly recommend that you do not miss the incredible values that these wines offer. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2017 | Send Email
The nose is more classically Mendocino, it seems less ripe than it actually becomes, broad and full on the palate with bright acidity. The wine has a certain supple richness to it that makes it easy to drink, and will pair easily with your grilled sausage or burgers.
Drink from 2017 to 2019

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2017 | Send Email
I was excited to hear we were getting more of the Knez wines because I loved the wines when we got them in last year. This 2014 bottling is delicious and has an amazing price. Dried rose petal, black cherry and oak spice aromas are complimenting to the medium-body and earthiness of this Pinot. Showing the true terroir of Anderson Valley, this $20 Pinot is a real winner.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2017 | Send Email
Anderson Valley may very well be the last place in California where you can find a really high quality bottle of Pinot Noir for thirty to thirty-five bucks. When you start getting into the sub-twenty dollar realm, you really need to be picky unless you have the inside scoop on something - like close-out pricing or declassification of estate fruit. In this instance it's both, which is why this may be the best twenty dollar bottle of Pinot you ever drink.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2017 | Send Email
When I tasted this wine I thought I died and went to Pinot heaven. It's stunningly beautiful and elegant Pinot Noir. Super bright , packed with juicy deep dark cherries, cranberries, with fresh vibrant acidity that lifts the richness of the fruit to ethereal level of balance. I love the firm structure of this wine with nuanced and delicate details at the same time. This wine just absolutely floored me down and I am seconds away from buying a case of it for myself.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2017 | Send Email
Rich and poised cranberry, strawberry and cola berry flavors with a smooth tannic disposition and a bright, subtle acid lift on the back end. This is a delicious, well-structured and richly fruited Pinot Noir from a great appellation. Don’t miss it.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/21/2017 | Send Email
I love having Anderson Valley wines like this on hand to show customers how diverse of a pinot country California truly is. While you get the ripeness of the 2014 vintage here, it doesn't come without a bit of zip on the finish. There's a lovely hint of baking spice and bit of crushed herbs late on the palate. Fans of the winery will want to load up on this one as I think--of the three--this will evolve beautifully over the next five years.

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2017 | Send Email
The keystone wine for Knez has long been their straight Anderson Valley bottling, however it is about as far from a “basic” bottling as possible. All the fruit comes from their three estate vineyards, Cerise, Demuth and Knez Estate and the same levels of attention and detail are put into this wine as the single vineyard offerings. 2014, touted as “unusually rich” by the winery, is just a killer vintage that shows off power and structure, making these wines a bit more masculine than long time fans would expect. As this wine airs out there are intense aromas of whole blueberry, kirschwasser, and dried apricots with hints of cola and wild berry candy. Entering with a lot of savor/umami tones this driving wine shocks with its complexity and focus. Add freshly fruited notes of wild blackberry, pastilles, airy blueberry meringue and white sage and this becomes something truly special. Needless to say there is very little at the $20 price point in the world of Pinot Noir that can hold a candle to this bottling.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.