Born in the region of Gascony, France, Pierre first learned the essentials of terroir working at his family’s estate in Armagnac. After moving to California in 1998 and working in the vineyards of Sonoma County, Pierre saw something truly unique and special in Knights Valley. Unlike his other wines, which are made by blending different varieties from different vineyard appellations, Pierre became inspired by the Knights Valley terroir and had a vision to craft a single expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from this single appellation. In 2001, he crafted the inaugural vintage of Anakota, representing his only single vineyard, single variety wine, expressive of the rustic elegance and spirit of Sonoma County’s Knights Valley. The story of Anakota begins deep in the heart of Knights Valley in rural Sonoma County. Located in an ancient volcanic zone, this relatively untouched and unknown place offers incredibly unique and diverse soils with a climate perfectly suited to Bordeaux varietals. Sourced from estate-owned vineyards, Anakota is a collection of single vineyard, single varietal, Knights Valley appellation wines that personify the rustic elegance and spirit of rural Sonoma County. Rising more than 4,000 feet above sea level, Mount St. Helena looks down on our two prized estate-owned vineyards Helena Dakota and Helena Montana, which are quietly situated on the rugged flanks of the Mayacamas Mountain Range.
Wonderfully alive in the glass. Freshly cut flowers, violets, spices, graphite and mint are all woven together in a Cabernet that has plenty of mountain character as well as pure opulence. All the elements are very much in balance. These red soils rich in volcanic deposits contribute tension and verve as the flavors built to a huge crescendo of intense pleasure.