Anakota "Helena Montana Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California) - [RP 93+] [AG 92]

Anakota "Helena Montana Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
(Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California) - [RP 93+] [AG 92]


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Struggle and stress best define the growing conditions for this Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. We planted our Helena Montana Vineyard on the foothills of Mount St. Helena which rises more than 4,000 feet above sea level. This distinctive, two-peaked mountain remains the heart of an ancient volcanic zone responsible for the complex, mineral-rich soils of Knights Valley and nearby grape-growing districts.

VINEYARD
Running northeast to southwest on the eastern side of scenic Highway 128, the Helena Montana vineyard offers ever-changing topography. Rolling hills abut steep benches with slopes of up to 30 degrees. This juxtaposition of hills, knolls and trees routes cool, westerly winds away from the vines. Planting vines perpendicular to the prevailing winds provides even more protection. A pure mountain stream and rocky ridge separate this vineyard from our Helena Dakota vineyard.

SOIL
Distinctive yellow-white soil that does not yield easily to touch typifies this vineyard. This pale, sandy and gravelly loam at first glance resembles solid rock. A stringent pruning process forces the roots of vines down through this firm soil strata rather than allowing them to grow parallel to the surface as they would on their own. All the same, the roots do not deeply penetrate the earth, which results in smaller, more stressed vines than those of our neighboring Helena Dakota vineyard .

Elevation: 950 ft
Soil: Yellow-white sandy and gravelly loam
Vineyard: Shallow roots, stressed vines
Flavor: Dark fruit, candied cherries, smoke, spice, and muscular tannins.
Cellar Aging: Cellar Aging: 20 years

ABV: 14.2%
t/a: 0.64
pH: 3.65
Aging: 15 months in new
French oak barrels

Ratings & Reviews


93+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2014s are 30-year wines, even in such a supple, easygoing and charming vintage. The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Montana has an opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of graphite, creosote, incense, blackberry and licorice, and maybe a touch of charcoal and earth. The tannins are soft, and there is enormous fruit as well as a deep, full-bodied mouthfeel and some coffee in the finish. It should drink well for 25-30 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Oct 2016)

92 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media:
"Anakota's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Montana has turned out beautifully. Dark, sumptuous and beautifully resonant in the glass, the 2014 exudes richness. Red cherry jam, raspberry, mint and licorice abound. Flamboyant and opulent, with soft contours and good structure, the 2014 hits all the right notes." - Antonio Galloni (Mar 2017)