92 points – PinotFile
90 points – Wine Enthusiast

2012

Knudsen Vineyards   Pinot Noir

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Our 2012 Pinot Noir is elegant, possessing a floral and subtle berry aroma, silky and luscious mouth feel, a fruit forward taste, long finish and a lighter ruby-red color. Both by design and consistent with many Oregon Pinot Noirs, alcohol content is relatively low at 13.5% by volume. Our Pinot Noir was barrel fermented for 16 months in older French oak barrels then blended at 10% with wine barreled in new oak. This wine is drinking well now, and we expect it will age well in the cellar, too. (written in April, 2016)
92 points – PinotFile (October 2014)
Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Beautifully perfumed with scents of cherry, sous-bois, spice and sandalwood. Elegant, caressing and comfortable in style, with good depth of cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit flavors augmented with a riff of savory earthiness. Easy to like, with fine tannins and a satisfying fullness on the finish. The cherry fruit sticks to the finish like glue. Don’t be dissuaded by the delicate color of this wine, as it has a pleasing melange of broad flavors. This bottling is reminiscent of The Eyrie Dundee Hills Pinot Noirs in style and character.

 

90 points – Wine Enthusiast (February 2015)
“Strawberries and raspberries, tart and spicy, anchor an elegant and interesting young wine. The finish continues clean and well-defined. Don’t look for a blockbuster style; rather it’s more delicate and refined.”
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Dundee Hills Willamette Valley
Vineyard Designation: Knudsen Vineyard
Sugar: 23.7
pH: 3.42
Aging: 16 months in French oak, 10% new
Tannin: 5.8 g/L
Alcohol %: 13.5
Production: 100 cases
Produced from vines planted in 2000 from Block 6 (French Dijon clone 777), in 2001 from Block 3 (also clone 777), and in 2008 from Block 8 (heritage Pommard clone). Elevation ranges from 660 – 780 ft.