Back in the late 1990s, the Jackson Family team started exploring new locations to grow Grand Cru-level Cabernet Sauvignon. Their goal was to find a site that could deliver the opulence and concentration of Napa coupled with the acidity, precision and age-worthiness of Sonoma. They found the perfect site in the Knights Valley AVA, a little-known wine region that earned AVA status in 1983. They named the ranch Anakota and in 1997 began surveying the terrain, analyzing the soils and planting vines.Today, under the direction of Vigneron Pierre Seillan, they produce small quantities of single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons from two hillside estate vineyards: Helena Dakota and Helena Montana. Over his half-century of winemaking, Pierre has developed and refined his proprietary “micro-cru” farming/winemaking principles. Based on experience, observation, experimentation and intuition, this system considers that every vineyard is an intricate patchwork of soils, microclimates, exposures and e…
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