(blended with 8% cabernet franc, 3% merlot, 2% malbec and 1% petit verdot): Bright red-ruby. Captivating floral lift to the aromas and flavors of cassis, black cherry, blueberry and graphite. A dead ringer for a Medoc wine, showing superb chewy depth and solid tannic spine but a bit less mid-palate sweetness today than the Coeur de Vallee. But these tannins are quite firm and the finish boasts terrific lift. Morlet cites Peter Michael's Les Pavots and Ducru-Beaucaillou as the inspirations for this wine.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2012
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Mon Chevalier, from Knights Valley, is powerful, rich and imposing. A huge, muscular wine, the 2009 is endowed with deep, resonant layers of dark red cherries, plums, cloves and crushed rocks. The Knights Valley tannins are present, but masterfully integrated. Smoke, incense, tobacco and scorched earth inform the dark, brooding finish. The 2009 is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot.