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Knockout Reviews

Score: 93 | February 14, 2020 |

A firm and juicy red with blueberry and dark-chocolate character. Wet earth. Flavorful and intense. Layered and velvety. Petite sirah and cabernet sauvignon. 

Score: Double Gold | February 4, 2020 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 95 | January 31, 2020 |

The 2017 Knockout Red checks in as 61% Petite Sirah and 39% Cabernet Sauvignon from west St. Helena and Rutherford that spent 18-20 months in 36% new French oak. It offers a huge nose of brambly herbs, spice, pepper, and incense-laced red, blue, and black fruits. Ripe, full-bodied, and powerful on the palate, it’s a sexy beast of a wine and not for those craving lightweight aromas and flavors. Nevertheless, it’s beautifully balanced and holds onto a sense of elegance. It’s going to keep for 10-15 years, probably longer.

Score: 94 | October 31, 2019 | Wine Advocate

The 2017 Knockout is made up of 61% Petite Sirah and 39% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged in 36% new French oak and bottled without fining or filtration. Deep purple-black in color, it needs a little coaxing to unleash the barrage of tightly bound aromas waiting to explode: blackberry pie, blueberry preserves, spice cake, chocolate-covered cherries and star anise with suggestions of raspberry pie, mulberries and a provocative incense perfume. Full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, the palate is not shy on structure, with firm, plush cushioning the long and layered finish.

Score: 95-97 | January 31, 2019 |

Another wine that’s not yet bottled, the 2016 Knockout Red checks in as 60% Petite Sirah and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that’s brought up in 70% new barrels. This sexy beast of a wine gives up tons of black fruits, peppery herbs, new saddle leather, and earthy goodness in its full-bodied, ripe, yet balanced profile. It’s another terrific wine from winemaker Stephanie Putnam that delivers the goods.

Score: 95+ | October 29, 2018 | Wine Advocate

A blend of 60% Petite Sirah and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 70% new French oak, the 2016 Proprietary Red Knockout is deep purple-black in color and scented of mocha and baked black and blue fruits with suggestions of earth and fruitcake. The palate is full-bodied, rich, concentrated, firm and chewy, finishing long and layered. This needs time, for sure, but give it a good 4-5 years in the cellar and, as the name promises, it will be a knockout! 78 cases produced.

Score: 94 | March 27, 2018 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

Super-ripe black cherry, crème de cassis, sweet French oak, graphite, licorice and mint infuse Jean-Charles Boisset's 2015 Knockout. Powerful and ample, with considerable aromatic nuance, the 2015 has a lot going on. It will be even better in a few years, once the tannins soften.

Score: 95 | December 29, 2017 | Wine Advocate

A blend of 67% Petite Sirah and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Proprietary Red Knockout has an opaque purple-black color and nose of baked plums and blackberry preserves with spice box, violets, licorice and sandalwood. Full, rich and concentrated in the mouth with a firm, chewy texture, it's long, layered and quite earthy on the finish. Only 78 cases produced.