2014 Knez Winery "Knez Vineyard-Reserve" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $44)

SKU #1309496 92 points Vinous

 The 2014 Pinot Noir Reserve Knez Vineyard is another strong wine from Knez. Rich, powerful and explosive, the Reserve is pushed to the very limit of what this site can offer. The super-extracted, dense style won't appeal to all readers who enjoy Anderson Valley Pinots, but somehow all the elements seem to fall into place. Dark red and purplish hued fruits, smoke, licorice and sweet spices flow through the explosive, huge finish. The Reserve is not at all subtle, but it is nicely done, in its style. 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 3 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: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/19/2017 | Send Email
The least known of these three massive closeouts from Knez is the Knez Estate Reserve bottling, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take special notice of this beauty. From the younger estate site this wine charms with outright ripeness and crowd pleasing texture. Easily showing the most oak of the set, this has a powerful nose of smoky meats, hoisin sauce, Chinese five spice and cloves. The biggest of the bunch this wine fills the mouth with fun blue fruits, sunny, fresh berry intensity and lacings of fresh green herbs like lemon thyme and flowering rosemary. This considerable wine is fully fanned out and accessible with a coating texture and solid heft. Fans of larger pinots should take note here.

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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.