2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

3 Badge Beverage Corporation has released 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from its Gehricke brand.

Founded by August Sebastiani, Gehricke specializes in small-lot wines from Sonoma County.

The Gehricke Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the west side of the Bavarian Lion vineyard: a cooler-climate, higher-elevation site in Knights Valley. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), Petit Verdot (6%), Petite Sirah (5%) and Malbec (4%) and was aged 18 months in French oak.

The majority of the grapes were selected from a flat area with limited terrain, producing more blue fruit flavors, while one quarter of the grapes were sourced from a steep knoll, bringing in a complementary touch of red spice fruit, the company says. This wine has aromas of black cherry liqueur, complemented with hints of cedar, pencil lead and licorice. It is 14.2% ABV.

Production of the Knights Valley Cabernet was 1,077 cases, and the wines come in a 6-pack lay down box. The suggested retail price is $35 per 750-ml. bottle.

Gehricke is part of the 3 Badge Beverage Corporation enology portfolio. Through September, sales of Gehricke wines were up 29% over last year, the company reports. Gehricke wines include Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Los Carneros Pinot Noir and Sonoma Valley Zinfandel.

All wines are available nationally in wine stores and restaurants.

3 Badge Beverage Corporation is based in Sonoma, California, and was founded in 2009 by August Sebastiani.

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