The results are in from the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Trojak Knier Winery is proud to announce that our 2010 Chardonnay and our 2010 Sangiovese were both awarded a Silver Medal. We are even more pleased to announce that our 2010 Pinot Noir was awarded a Double Gold! That goes along with the Double Gold Medal that our 2009 Cabernet won at the San Francisco International Wine Competition which was held last June. We have also just entered several of our 2011 wines in the San Francisco International Wine Competition which will be held this June. Look for the results soon.
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About the Grapes
Since 1993, most of our grapes have been sourced from the Antinori Family Estate at the end of Soda Canyon Road on the eastern side of the Napa Valley. This property ranges from 1,450 to 1,700 feet in elevation and is comprised of 1,200 acres of which nearly 600 acres are planted to vines. The varietals planted on the property include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
The estate, a former cattle ranch, was purchased by the Antinori family in the 1980's. The family started planting grapes within a few years and quickly began selling them throughout the Napa Valley. They also built a small winery on the property which is now called Antica Napa Valley.
This particular property is perfectly situated, with the elevation helping it to avoid much of the heat from the valley floor during the day and the fog during summer nights. Additionally, the soils are thin and rocky, which helps keep the growth of the vines in check. The result is longer, slower ripening of the fruit which keeps the acid, tannin and flavors in perfect balance.
It is also why cool-loving grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can be grown right next to heat-loving grapes such as Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.