Art of the Vineyard

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Carmody McKnight Estate Vineyards dominates the future of wine as it epitomizes the “Natural Wine” movement with estate wines that cannot be duplicated on any viticultural or oenological level ~ unmanipulated winemaking created from one of the few vineyards in the world that possesses natural, own-rooted grape vines that are not genetically mutated grafted hybrids. 

We have remained steadfast over the decades, never adding one single chemical to its estate wines… and no artificial flavor and color. None! We are almost alone in that essential responsibility. We believe in nature’s food. Not food and wine derived from chemistry labs, often putting our health at risk and certainly compromising our enjoyment of real food and wine.


Cuvee au Natural


Cadenza: An elaborate passage, often improvised, usually near the end of a musical composition.  Cadenza is an intense, complex demonstration of the art of the vineyard. From nature’s endowed vineyards tucked within the Santa Lucia mountains, creative wine making finds full inspiration and expression. Cadenza is originality imbued with passion.

The legendary estate meritage achieved an unprecedented 6 awards at the California State Fair Wine Competition against more than 2500 entries. Awards included: 98 points, Double Gold, Best of Class, Best Bordeaux Varietal Blend, Best of Region. 


Au Natural

Cabernet Sauvignon


Grown in rare soils, rich in limestone, volcanic intrusion and montmorillonite, the wine is endowed with supreme balance.  Brilliant, deep ruby red color. Seductive aromas of crushed cherries and dark chocolate play into sumptuous flavors of ripe fruit coursing through this dazzling sophisticated wine. The tannic structure exists in perfect symmetry with velvety dark fruit remarkable for depth and complexity yet with balance and restraint.

Harvest Date:
Block 5: 4 tons/acre
Oak: 70% French, 30% American, 20% new
Case Production: 720

Art of the Vineyard

Pinot Noir


The Art of the Vineyard Pinot Noir is a natural wine from a natural vineyard created in a natural winery. That is a an astonishing triumverate ~ incredibly rare, even it exists anymore.

100% Pinot Noir, AOV Pinot Noir derives from the renown Carmody McKnight vineyards in the Adelaida AVA of Paso Robles. All the significant soil types of the world’s renowned vineyards, especially the Burgundy grand cru, exist in these extraordinary mountain vineyards. Limestone, the wonder soil calcium montmorillonite, as well as a back-yard volcano provide the most mineral and nutrient rich of soils — prodigious terroir for the perfect Pinot Noir. A few miles from the Big Sur coast, these vineyards, anomalously, enjoy more days of sun than any area in California, creating the purest varietal expression in the purest of environments.

Harvest Date: October 2, 2010
Block: East Pinot Noir
Barrel Aged: 48 months; Unfiltered, Unfined
Bottling Date: September 12, 2017
Alcohol: 13.8%