2014 Knez "Cerise Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (Previously $47) SKU #1309495


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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)

Staff Reviews

  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    Of the three Knez wines we have from the close-out deal, this is definitely my favorite. Cerise Vineyard was planted by Knez in 1995 with heritage and Dijon clones which produce smaller berries that result in rich, bold fruit flavors. The 2014 of bottling of Knez Cerise has elegant but intense dark fruit character with floral and cherry-cola flavors, finishing with grippy, dry tannin.
  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    If you can get me a bottle of vineyard designated Pinot Noir for under forty bucks I'm pretty happy. If you're able to procure one for less than thirty, I'm your best friend! Notes of ripe wild strawberries, red plums, floral accents and an incredibly fine tannin solidify this wine as the best pound-for-pound Pinot Noir on the market right now. Opportunities like this simply don't exist anymore, which is why I'm going big on this one. Drink a few now, put a few more down for a while. These wines still have plenty of development ahead of them but won't last on the shelves very long, that's for sure.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    Concentrated red fruit flavors of ripe strawberries and raspberries intensified by medium plus acidity and complemented by a nice savory salinity. The intense fruit is balanced by sweet baking spice with a hint of amaro-like herbs and black tea notes. Powerful, balanced, elegant and exactly what you want from a single vineyard, top appellation Pinot Noir, at a closeout price. It’s hard to argue with a value like this.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine is absolutely gorgeous and lives up to its "cherry" moniker from the Cerise Vineyard name. Lush flavors of sweet red fruit are balanced by great acidity, to the extent that your taste buds light up immediately from the combination. The wine is silky and soft on the finish, but it never sacrifices structure. This is a total beauty.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    Cerise Vineyard has always been the jewel in the cap of Knez. Long sought after by wineries like Copain, Littorai, Siduri and Saintsbury this site has been one of the top producing sites in the Anderson Valley since the early 2000’s. So much so that the Pinot Noir producer at the top of the food chain right now, Kosta Browne, just bought the site for untold millions of dollars. The 2014 Cerise bottling shows off all of this pedigree and intensity with concentrated purple flower, subtle oak, mulberry and sous bois aromatics. That heady combination is a harbinger of quality to come with a dense, dark forest-y nature along with porcini mushroom, snappy plum, spicy licorice and hints of sassafras and rhubarb pie. Slightly compact now in its youth this unravels nicely with a decant now and will happily stock your cellar for 5-10+ years to come.


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