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About Knuttel Family Wines
William Knuttel’s winemaking journey began at Saintsbury, where he was winemaker from 1983 to 1996 and established that brand as an international leader in high-end Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Burgundian style. William Knuttel was also Vice President and Winemaker at Chalk Hill Winery from 1996 to 2003, specializing in ultra-premium Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. From 2003 to 2011 Knuttel was Executive Winemaker at Dry Creek Vineyard, where he completely re-honed the styles and quality of that winery’s extensive portfolio. Knuttel was also ZAP’s winemaker in 2005, producing their Heritage Zinfandel, and President of the California Cabernet Society from 1999-2003.
Hand picked, sorted, gently crushed for whole berry fermentation, extracted through three daily punch downs and pump overs. Extended maceration for 4 weeks. Racked quarterly in French Oak 14mos, 30% new.
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The 2013 Tentadora Malbec features a blueberry and blackberry mélange with notes of spice and earth, and a smooth succulent core of fruit that broadens into a velvety finish. The color is inky black, and soft and well-resolved tannins are seamlessly integrated into the finish. In true Argentine fashion, the 2013 Tentadora Malbec is eminently suited to the table, and pairs especially well with roasted meats–and all the better if the meats are grilled at an asado, or Argentine-style barbecue.