the natural, pure wines of carmody mcknight

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    Cadenza
    Cadenza is Super Organic, deriving from the magma of three volcanoes. Abundant in the rare "wonder soil" calcium montmorillonite. Cabernet. Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab. Franc
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    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Carmody McKnight, a family-farm estate wine, initiated the Westside Paso Robles wine culture over 30 years ago. In all the years, wine was created with non-GMO grapes and no added chemicals.
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    Cabernet Franc
    Carmody McKnight Cabernet Franc is revered as the classic wine, free of artifices and fast-food transformations. This purity allows the honest expression of this great varietal and the joy of pure taste.
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    Merlot
    The stunning revelation about the Merlot vineyards resulted from the Cal Poly University studies in conjunction with the world's leading universities in 20 years of seminal research and remarkable scientific data.

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    Volcanic
    Gary Carmody Conway creates the first of a series of limited edition fine art presented as wine labels celebrating the art of the vineyard and the art of pure wine making. Each print is derived from one of Gary's paintings. A mounted limited edition print 14" x 16" as seen above can be purchased separately as a creative complement to the art label and wine. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Fighting for the Arts. This label painting will occur one time, one presentation, until a subsequent limited edition art and wine.
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    Limited Edition
    Each print is derived from one of Gary's paintings. A mounted limited edition print 14" x 16" as seen right can be purchased separately as a creative complement to the art label and wine. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Fighting for the Arts. This label painting will occur one time, one presentation, until a subsequent limited edition art and wine. .
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    Tectonic
    Gary Carmody Conway creates the second of a series of limited edition fine art presented as wine labels celebrating the art of the vineyard and the art of pure wine making. Cabernet. Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab. Franc separately as a creative complement to the art label and wine. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Fighting for the Arts. This label painting will occur one time, one presentation, until a subsequent limited edition art and wine.

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Cadenza  2 0 1 0   46% Cabernet Sauvignon   35% Merlot   19% Cabernet Franc   Harvest: october 7,  2010; alc: 15.8%; 320 cases
 

This “Meritage” is art, no question about it.   It is a visual feast for the eyes.  It is the art of the musician demonstrating a lifetime of consummately developed skills displayed in an elaborate passage, usually improvised, near the end of a musical composition ~ the "cadenza,"  with only the art and art alone in evidence.
 
The California State Fair Wine Competition is the most prestigious and valued of wine competitions. The legendary Cadenza achieved an unprecedented six awards, judged from 2,532 wine entries! 98 rating, Double Gold, Best of Class, Region, top wine against all entries in the opinion of 50 judges!  The label on the Carmody McKnight Cadenza also won the highest of prizes in the major label competition ~ the Orange County Fair, where all California labels are automatically judged.  Out of 3,700 labels, the Meritage label (graphics and painting by proprietor Gary Carmody Conway) won the Double Gold and Best of Show! This is the first time that any wine won a double gold and Best of Show for its wine as well as its label in the top competitions!


Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  Harvest: November 1,  2010; Alc: 15.8%; 320 Cases

Real wine is human, not a Frankenwine.  Most times we have to be reintroduced to real wine, if we ever met authentic wine in the first place, as manipulated, chemical-based wine is omnipresnt.  When you assess the flavors of this wine and the depth and richness you must realize that his nature talking.
 
This combination of own-rooted, ungrafted, and most significantly ~ non-GMO grape vines ~ as well as 32-year old vines is virtually non-existent in California and in all of Europe.  The un-manipulated varietal and true terroir experienc
e is an unwavering commitment.
 
Cabernet Franc 2010  Harvest: October 27,  2010; Alc: 15.8%; 387 Cases


Renowned for its pure, profound varietal expression, our Cabernet franc is a champion.  This classic varietal, often unfamiliar to wine drinkers, nourishes in the rare magma, calcium montmorillonite, and black limestone soils of our mountain volcanic vineyards.
 
These soils, unique in the world's vinelands, coupled with perfect micro-climates create a Cabernet Franc unparalleled in structure, balance, and quality.  We are  strongly committed to nutrient-based, sustainable viticulture, and our vineyards are the ultimate  example of both and proven to be so by extensive studies by universities from around the world.  No other vineyard or winery can make that claim. 

 

M e r l o t  2010 a natural wine
 
Acknowledged as the supreme Merlot of the Central Coast, Carmody McKnight estate Merlot reminds us convincingly that Merlot is indeed one of the "noble" wines.   As with our Cadenza, this estate Merlot is a major multiple gold medal winner and a wine of unusual depth and character... and always ~ a sensual adventure! 
 
Carmody McKnight is the single winery in California practicing nutrient-based sustainability as well as sustainability in the straw-bale winery itself.  The grape vines are on their own root and have never required fertilization since planted twenty-six years ago.  It is also the only known winery in the world that creates a “Natural Wine,” meaning no-GMO grapes or in the wine making, no chemicals in the vineyard or wine..  The  vines are 30 years-old and the world’s mightiest.  The wine is created in a natural winery,  guaranteeing natural, native yeast.
 
 Volcanic 1  2010

 Limited Edition Fine Art and Wine  anno 2010  52% cabernet sauvignon  40% merlot  8% cabernet franc   The epitome of the natural wine.  Free of additives and manipulation.  Only purity and perfection of flavors.  Carmody McKnight defines classic wine making with grapes derived from the most nutrient rich vineyard known in the world.  These estate grown grapes are responsibly non-gmo, guaranteeing only natural flavors and color.  Hand crafted wine creation as it was always meant to be.  

 

Winemakers have fun too. Yes, indeed. Sometimes having fun results in the most alluring of pleasures.  Behold, then, our mélange terroir! It's not enough to have the most mineral and nutrient rich soils in the world and legendary microclimates designed for a god's vacation ~ well, not enough for our winemaker athoeen Conway.  Kathlenn wanted to blend, joie de vivre, out in the field at harvest, bringing new life to the old adage that "wine is made in the vineyard." The two varietals – Merlot and Cabernet Franc -- were picked, crushed, fermented, pressed in an impassioned ensemble then neutral barrel-aged for 46 months with sublimity.
 
Limestone. Mountain vineyards..Six miles from the Big Sur Coast..The most mineral rich soils ever studied. Temperature swings of 50 degrees day/night. More days of sun than any region in California. Grown on top of the world’s only vineyard volcano. Nurturing on the “wonder soil” calcium montmorillonite. No artificial flavor or color... only pure rare natural wine.  Pure Pinot Noir.
        


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