The warmest of Sonoma County’s viticultural areas, Knights Valley derives its heat from its lofty perch, high on hills and beyond the reach of the Pacific Ocean. Geographically, the appellation separates the rest of Sonoma County from Napa Valley. Since the 1970s Beringer has used Knights Valley as a source of excellent Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, which thrives in the warmth and the fertile volcanic soils. Cabernet Sauvignon remains the star attraction in the 2,000 acres of vineyards of Knights Valley. Also present are the rest of the Meritage cast: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot, as well as some Sauvignon Blanc, generally resulting in a full-blown, rich and fruity style.