Our Grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon

Originally of French origins, this versatile grape produces exceptional wines around the globe. It's usually medium to full bodied with a fine structure that supports black and red fruit flavors such as black plum, cherry, enticing spice notes, and has deep inky purple color.


In 1983, Knights Valley won official recognition as a premier wine growing region in the form of its own American Viticulture Area (AVA) designation. Other wineries such as Beringer, Peter Michel, Stryker-Sonoma, and Ledson have all produced award winning wines from Knights Valley fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon from Knights Valley characteristically has bright black cherry fruit flavors complemented by toasty oak vanilla, cedar, and smoky aromas accented by a pretty background of peppercorn, cocoa, and mint.

At Speedy Creek, there are four blocks of Cabernet that each contribute their own uniques characteristics to our wine. They do not all ripen at the same time. Three of the four were planted with Clone 337 on 110R rootstock in 1999 and 2000.  The last block was planted in 2006 using Clone 412 on 110R rootstock. All vines are caned pruned with 5-foot spacing between plants and 9-foot spacing between rows. A vertical shoot position trellis system with three fruiting wires supports the vines, and the grapes receive drip irrigation. Careful attention is paid to the flavor characterics as harvest approaches, and the grapes are havested over a two week time period. They are vinitified sperately and then combined to produce the vintage. There are 6 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon planted.