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    k sauvignon blanc
    If you could bottle vivacity... well, Sauvignon Blanc would be the perfect choice, especially our fresh and spirited interpretation. Sauvignon Blanc invented the concept of food friendly.
  2. k late harvest cabernet franc
    k late harvest cabernet franc
    Only one in the world! Its opulent harmony derives from the uniqueness of Cabernet Franc grown in the rare limestone and volcanic soils of Carmody McKnight Vineyards.
  3. k estate merlot dessert wine
    k estate merlot dessert wine
    Kathleen's port-style Merlot is as rich and spirited as the wild mustang on the label. This the purest expression of the vineyard where the full character of the varietal is supreme.
  4. K reserve port
    K reserve port
    K reserve port stands proudly in the tradition of Kathleen's luscious, naturally-created dessert and late-harvest nectars.
  1. k sauvignon blanc
    k sauvignon blanc
    If you could bottle vivacity... well, Sauvignon Blanc would be the perfect choice, especially our fresh and spirited interpretation. Sauvignon Blanc invented the concept of food friendly.
  2. k late harvest cabernet franc
    k late harvest cabernet franc
    Only one in the world! Its opulent harmony derives from the uniqueness of Cabernet Franc grown in the rare limestone and volcanic soils of Carmody McKnight Vineyards.
  3. k estate merlot dessert wine
    k estate merlot dessert wine
    Kathleen's port-style Merlot is as rich and spirited as the wild mustang on the label. This the purest expression of the vineyard where the full character of the varietal is supreme.
  4. K reserve port
    K reserve port
    K reserve port stands proudly in the tradition of Kathleen's luscious, naturally-created dessert and late-harvest nectars.

             cadenza                                                cabernet sauvignon                                            cabernet franc                                                        merlot
epitome of natural wine, grand                                         selected estate
  winner,  cabernet sauvignon,
    cabernet franc, merlot.

                tectonic 1                                                       volcanic 1                                                          volcanic 2                                                         volcanic 3        limited edition art and wine.                                  limited edition art and wine.                                    collector's edition art and wine                           limited edition art and wine 
homage to the three volcanoes                          from the magma of 3 volcanoes.
within the vineyard.                                           

  1. k estate merlot dessert wine
    k estate merlot dessert wine
    Kathleen's port-style Merlot is as rich and spirited as the wild mustang on the label. This the purest expression of the vineyard where the full character of the varietal is supreme.
  2. k late harvest cabernet franc
    k late harvest cabernet franc
    Only one in the world! Its opulent harmony derives from the uniqueness of Cabernet Franc grown in the rare limestone and volcanic soils of Carmody McKnight Vineyards.
  3. K reserve port
    K reserve port
    K reserve port stands proudly in the tradition of Kathleen's luscious, naturally-created dessert and late-harvest nectars.
  4. k sauvignon blanc
    k sauvignon blanc
    If you could bottle vivacity... well, Sauvignon Blanc would be the perfect choice, especially our fresh and spirited interpretation. Sauvignon Blanc invented the concept of food friendly.
  1. k estate merlot dessert wine
    k estate merlot dessert wine
    Kathleen's port-style Merlot is as rich and spirited as the wild mustang on the label. This the purest expression of the vineyard where the full character of the varietal is supreme.
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  3. k late harvest cabernet franc
    k late harvest cabernet franc
    Only one in the world! Its opulent harmony derives from the uniqueness of Cabernet Franc grown in the rare limestone and volcanic soils of Carmody McKnight Vineyards.

                     cheval rouge                                                 cheval élégant                                      interlude  cabernet franc                          encore chardonnay   
       pursuit of perfect vine growing,
     the perfect row, perfect vineyard

               motif  duet                                                        motif cuvée                                                 sonata pinot noir

  1. k estate merlot dessert wine
    k estate merlot dessert wine
    Kathleen's port-style Merlot is as rich and spirited as the wild mustang on the label. This the purest expression of the vineyard where the full character of the varietal is supreme.
  2. k late harvest cabernet franc
    k late harvest cabernet franc
    Only one in the world! Its opulent harmony derives from the uniqueness of Cabernet Franc grown in the rare limestone and volcanic soils of Carmody McKnight Vineyards.
  1. k estate merlot dessert wine
    k estate merlot dessert wine
    Kathleen's port-style Merlot is as rich and spirited as the wild mustang on the label. This the purest expression of the vineyard where the full character of the varietal is supreme.
  2. k late harvest cabernet franc
    k late harvest cabernet franc
    Only one in the world! Its opulent harmony derives from the uniqueness of Cabernet Franc grown in the rare limestone and volcanic soils of Carmody McKnight Vineyards.

      marian's vineyard                                           red red wine                                             winemaker's opus                                              chardonnay
      premium chardonnay                                                         red blend                                                                     special red blend                                                                private reserve
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  1. k estate merlot dessert wine
    k estate merlot dessert wine
    Kathleen's port-style Merlot is as rich and spirited as the wild mustang on the label. This the purest expression of the vineyard where the full character of the varietal is supreme.
  2. k late harvest cabernet franc
    k late harvest cabernet franc
    Only one in the world! Its opulent harmony derives from the uniqueness of Cabernet Franc grown in the rare limestone and volcanic soils of Carmody McKnight Vineyards.
  3. K reserve port
    K reserve port
    K reserve port stands proudly in the tradition of Kathleen's luscious, naturally-created dessert and late-harvest nectars.
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  1. k estate merlot dessert wine
    k estate merlot dessert wine
    Kathleen's port-style Merlot is as rich and spirited as the wild mustang on the label. This the purest expression of the vineyard where the full character of the varietal is supreme.
  2. k late harvest cabernet franc
    k late harvest cabernet franc
    Only one in the world! Its opulent harmony derives from the uniqueness of Cabernet Franc grown in the rare limestone and volcanic soils of Carmody McKnight Vineyards.
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                 K red on red                                                 K white on white                                                    sauvignon blanc                                 K 15-year private reserve
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       brut cuvée
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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            brut cuvée                                                                 pomegranate cuvée                                                                      citron cuvée                                                                          mango  cuvée                                   
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K  estate reserve port                                 K estate vintage port                                  K special reserve                                      K late harvest merlot
                terra prima                                                                           clássico                                                                  estate old vine port                                                     estate  desert wine
        emphasis pinot noir                                                          merlot dominant                                             cabernet sauvignon emphasis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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     K late harvest                                           K estate late harvest                                                
        cabernet franc                                                   chardonnay 9-years in bottle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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c h e v a l  r o u g e  2 0 1 0 cabernet franc 60% merlot 40%
 
Cheval Rouge is an homage to the wild mustang and the roan stallion thundering in the barrancas of the Big Sur coast.  In this serene land exists the renowned motif cheval rouge vineyard of Carmody McKnight as well as the proud horses inhabiting the homestead itself.
 
Cheval Rouge is also an homage to the premier grand cru of Saint Emilion that established the nobility of the cabernet franc and merlot ensemble.
 
Motif is dedicated to perfection, which must start in the vineyard.  There are no special tricks for wine perfection, only special soils and microclimates.  And yes, the vineyard is as near perfect as can be and proven by an unprecedented twenty years of studies and research involving universities, earth scientists, and vineyardists from around the world.  
 
The full array of significant soil types and an unique soil discovery exist in our estate vineyards. Limestone, the wonder soil calcium montmorillonite, vertisols, as well as three backyard volcanoes, yes three, provide the most mineral and nutrient prolific soils.  The richest soils... sublime terroir for the perfect noble wine.
 
Cheval Rouge is super-organic, with no chemical additives and unnatural color and flavors whatsoever.  Mineral-powered classic wine with grapes derived from specific magma blocks.  The estate grown grapes are own-rooted, ungrafted, and non-GMO.   Cheval Rouge is the rarest of hand-crafted wine creation, as nature intended, and must be respected if not revered, especially as the wine world has devolved into manipulation and chemical additives.  Cheval Rouge ensures nature’s promise and wine perfection.

Harvest Date:  October 27,  2010
Volcanic Block 1 ~ 2.1 tons per acre; Merlot Block ~ 1.7 tons; Basalt Block ~ 2.1
Oak:  80% French, 20% American, Neutral
Alc: 15.4% by vol.
Bottling Date: December 8, 2014
Production:  115 Cases

 
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The wines of motif are the masterwork of the vineyard and the inspired winemaker, reflecting the sublime sense of place and a testament to individuality and creativity. Motif never diffuses varietal characteristics by co-blending to "improve" the wine. The Cabernet Franc Interlude is consistently 100% the varietal.  
 
Motif is dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect vineplants, in the perfect row, in the perfect vineyard and painstakingly hand-crafted, which occurs only with limited production and maximum attention to viticultural veracity.  Motif reveres the sacred magnificence of the land, practicing undeviating sustainability at a level impossible in any other known vineyard.  And we are one of the rarest of all... the vines are three decades old, own-rooted; and, for certain, not genetically mutated hybrids.
 
Motif is the epitome of the Natural Wine which depends on native yeasts in the natural winery, not one single unnatural or chemical addition... or any manipulation in the winemaking process, and certainly no filtering or fining.  Un-manipulated is not a clever marketing term... it is the essence of motif.
 
All the significant soil types of the renowned vineyards in the world exist in our estate vineyards. Limestone, the wonder soil calcium montmorillonite, vertisols, as well as our own backyard volcanoes provide the most mineral and nutrient rich of soils... and inexhaustible ~ sublime terroir fora legendary Cabernet Franc.
 
Long, long maturing ~ up to 40 months ~ ensures nature’s ideal without compromise.

 
Harvest Date:  October 1,  2010
Magma Block 2 ~ 1.5 tons per acre
Oak:  75% French, 20% American, 5% New
Alc: 15.4% by vol.
Bottling Date:  April 25, 2014
Production:  120 Cases


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48% cabernet sauvignon, 46% merlot, 6% cabernet franc  

 
Nature's Ideal Without Compromise.

Defining the classic wine, the natural wine, the authentic wine, free of the curse of chemical additives and manipulation.  Liberating wine to its original historic meaning and state of purity and flavors designated by nature.
 
Motif is dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect vine plants, in the perfect row, in the perfect vineyard.  This is a constant quest which has been greatly enhanced by unprecedented twenty-years of studies and research involving esteemed universities, earth scientists, vineyardists, and oenologists from around the world.  
 
All significant soil types, and a one-of-a-kind supersoil discovery, exist in our estate vineyards. Limestone, the wonder soil calcium montmorillonite, vertisols, as well as three backyard volcanoes provide the most mineral and nutrient prolific earth. The richest soils, inexhaustible in their endowment, furnish timeless terroir for the preeminent noble wine.
 
Motif cuvée is super-organic, free of chemical additives and unnatural color and flavors. Volcanic-powered classic wine with grapes derived from specific magma blocks. The estate grown grapes are own-rooted, ungrafted, and non-GMO.  Motif cuvée is the rarest of hand-crafted wine creation, as nature intended.  Authentic wine-making must be understood and insisted on by anyone who respects wine. The anything-goes wine culture has devolved into manipulation and chemical additives.

 
Harvest Date:  October 14,  2010
Block 5 ~ 2.2 tons per acre; Merlot Block ~ 1.6 tons; Magma Block 2.2 tons
Oak:  70% French, 30% American, Neutral
Alc: 15.2% by vol.
Bottling Date:  April 4, 2014
Production:  104 Cases
 

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    cheval rouge
    Noble Cheval Rouge is dedicated to the passionate pursuit of perfect vine growing, in the perfect row, in the perfect vineyard... to create the perfect wine.
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    interlude
    Pure Cabernet Franc. Experience rare authentic wine with Interlude created from grapes derived from specific blocks, nurturing on their own natural non-GMO roots.
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    motif cuvée
    motif cuvée derives from the most prolific vineyards for minerals and nutrients, more rare than any on earth determined by decades of university studies.
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    ENCORE
    Encore chardonnay derives from the 1.4 acre motif Encore Encore chardonnay vineyard. Remarkably, all the world's significant soils exist in this wondrous mountain land.