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Knights Valley, California


Pierre Seillan

The story of Anakota begins deep in the heart of the Knights Valley AVA in rural Sonoma County. Located in an ancient volcanic zone, this pristine and relatively unknown place offers incredibly unique and diverse soils and a climate perfectly suited to Bordeaux grapes.

Launched in 2001, Anakota produces two single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons from the winery’s estate vineyards in Knights Valley: Helena Dakota and Helena Montana.

The 12.4-acre Helena Dakota sits below Mount St. Helena’s two grandest peaks at 750 feet elevation. The site possesses a moderate micro-climate absent of extreme heat or cold and reddish-brown, gravel/silt loam soils intermingled with some volcanic rock. The Cabernet Sauvignon from Helena Dakota is large and dark with notes of espresso, chocolate, blackberries, cassis and wet stone.

Located at 950 feet above sea level, the 60-acre Helena Montana vineyard features rolling hills, undulating benches and severe slopes up to 30 degrees. The steep terrain is exposed to the cool maritime winds from the west. The hard, crusty soil restricts root development creating smaller, low-yielding vines. The Cabernet Sauvignon from Helena Montana is deep and elegant with ripe aromas of blueberries and black currants. It is a candidate for extended aging.

To ensure the world-class quality, Vigneron Pierre Seillan oversees all aspects of Anakota’s planting, farming, harvesting and winemaking.