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San Francisco Chronicle 2014 Top 100 Wines

We are honored, once again, to be featured in this year’s 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines –

2012 Knez Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($32, 13.5%): Not to overlook the single-parcel bottles from Peter Knez’s two vineyards, Demuth and Cerise. But winemaker Anthony Filiberti has crafted an extraordinary blend of the two. Such nuance is hard to find for this money: bright raspberry, mandarin peel and toasted cardamom, with ripe fruit and the signature mineral intensity that marks the valley’s best hillside plantings.

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Giving Thanks for Anderson Valley – a Pinot Noir sweet spot

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2012 Knez Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($32; 13.5%): “Winemaker Anthony Filiberti has crafted extraordinary bottlings from both of Peter Knez’s vineyards, Cerise and Demuth, but this mix of the two sites is flat-out gulpable. Subtle, shaded in its flavors, with bright raspberry, mandarin peel, toasted cardamom and mineral intensity from the ripe vintage, a signature of the best hillside plantings” Jon Bonné – November 22nd, 2014

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Visiting and Tasting Anderson Valley, Part II: The Wines:

What an honor for Knez Winery and Anderson Valley’s feature from Vino 24/7, – November 10th, 2014

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An Insiders Guide to Drinking in Mendocino

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Check out the article here – – November 7th, 2014

Opening a Bottle –  by Kevin Day, July 2014

California’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay scene is vast and overwhelming, and often homogenous. I’m a big fan of Anderson Valley wineries for bucking much of this trend and focusing on the character of the land first. To me, Knez exemplifies the best of it. They’re small, hands-on, terroir-centric, a little bit plucky, and their wines are magnificent.

Current Favorites from Mendocino County, June 22nd, 2014

“Last month, we wrote about our favorite experiences at the Hopland Passport Weekend and offered recommendations for wines and wineries in the area.   Since then, we’ve had the pleasure of attending both the Anderson Valley Pinot Festival and Taste of Mendocino so we thought we’d just combine the results and offer a summary of our recent favorites from the rest of Mendocino County”.

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California’s Coolest New Pinot Noir Appellation

Wall Street Journal, written by Jay McInerney

Friday, March 21, 2014
 Will only improve from here.

In 1992, the year before they founded their influential winery, Littorai Wines, Ted Lemon and his then-fiancée, Heidi, traveled the length of the West Coast, from Walla Walla, Wash., to Los Angeles, looking for terrain suitable for Pinot Noir. Trained in Burgundy, with a two-year stint as the winemaker for Domaine Roulot under his belt, Mr. Lemon was looking for sites cool enough for Burgundy’s signature red grape. They found something special in the Anderson Valley, a remote corner of Mendocino County, Calif., better known for cannabis than for grapes (the marijuana industry in Mendocino County is an estimated $6 billion). “We did not find greatness,” Mr. Lemon recalled of their tasting of the few local Pinots available. “But there was a purity of expression in the best of them that really resonated with us.”

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As Pinot Noir evolves, Anderson Valley grows up

San Francisco Chronicle, written by Jon Bonné

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sometimes, it’s the new arrivals that are most vigorously pushing against a bigger wine style. In 2007 and 2008, Peter Knez, a senior executive at BlackRock, acquired two of the valley’s most cherished parcels: the Cerise and Demuth vineyards, located on the eastern slopes above Boonville.

This is a tough neighborhood to grow grapes. Cerise sits amid 800 acres of undulating hills, reaching up to 1,150 feet, above a Roederer vineyard on the valley floor; yet just 60 acres have been stable enough to plant. Demuth, sitting above at 1,750 feet, is even tougher: mostly old Wente-clone Chardonnay, with a bit of Pinot mixed in, on vine trunks grafted to a secondary root to stave off phylloxera. Nearby sits the Abbey-Harris vineyard farmed by the Anthill Farms label; Anthill’s Anthony Filiberti manages Knez’s property, too.

These ripen late even by Anderson Valley standards, struggling to achieve a last bit of essential sugar. That makes them more desirable to such labels as Littorai, Lioco and Copain for making dramatic, less-ripe wines.

And it drew Knez, who wanted to work with “like-minded” people.

“I became obsessed that the potential of Pinot and Chardonnay in Northern California hadn’t been fulfilled,” he says. “I was thinking: There’s a trend here. There’s a strategic opportunity.”

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Anderson Valley’s other (mostly hidden) charms

Inside Scoop SF

Posted on 10/14/2011 at 2:58 pm by Jon Bonné

Luckily, Pinot is not the only story there. There is Chardonnay. I have been skeptical at times (but not always) of the still Chardonnay emerging from Anderson Valley. But the versions emanating from the Demuth vineyard, planted mostly to an old Wente clone high above the town of Boonville, prove me wrong. Two labels to note here are Lioco and Knez. The 2009 Lioco — still too young to drink, really — hums with an electric, lemon-y sort of energy; the Knez (2010 is forthcoming), from the parcel’s new owner, is more stylish and rich. But both show the whip-crack energy that the valley’s wines can offer.

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