Our Stella Knight estate vineyard was purchased in 2013. This unique little 10-acre gem is nestled into the shadow of Diamond Mountain and is comprised of three distinct blocks. The diversity of the three blocks allows us to create two separate wines from this single vineyard. The majority of the fruit is the backbone of our Fraternity Red Wine Blend while a separate barrel selection becomes part of our 100% Cabernet Sauvignon portfolio showcasing diverse Napa Valley sub-appellations.
We kept the upper section of Block 3 as a stand-alone expression from our Stella Knight Vineyard. The soil here is more porous and thus cools more quickly with less heat retention. Our inaugural 2016 wine has aromas of blackcurrant, ripe raspberry and ripe red plum. The full-bodied structure is tempered by new French oak and layers of rich, ripe fruit. The tannin is present but balanced and this wine showcases the best of our Stella Knight vineyard.