Double Gold Medal – SavorNW Wine Awards
2017 Year’s Best – Sunset Intl Wine Competition
93 points – PinotFile
92 points – Wine Enthusiast

2014

Knudsen Vineyards   Pinot Noir


$ 55.00 / Bottle

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
Sunset International Wine Competition (September 2017)
This one’s loaded with tangy raspberry, cranberry, and dried-cherry flavor, with baking spices on a silky finish. Bright and crisp.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
SavorNW Wine Awards (March 2017)

SILVER MEDAL
Cascadia International Wine Competition (April 2017)
San Francisco International Wine Competition (July 2017)

93 points – PinotFile (September 2016)
“A very gracious wine with vibrant aromas of cherry compote, Asian spice and a hint of graham. On the palate, there is impressive purity of dark cherry and blueberry fruit flavors with a savory thread in the background. The interplay of fruit and savory elements give the wine a special credence. The tannins are suave, the oak is deftly integrated, the thirst-quenching, lengthy finish is fueled with vivid, tangy cherry goodness.”

92 points – Wine Enthusiast (December 2016)
“This very pretty wine is built upon soft, forward, ripe strawberry fruit, and dappled with details of cinnamon and baking spices. A touch of chocolate sneaks into the focused, lightly tarry finish, which is nicely balanced.”

The complex Knudsen Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir benefits from blending a range of expressive estate grown fruit from Block 5, planted in 2000, and Block 6, planted in 2004, both French Dijon clones 777, with fruit from Block 3, planted in 2001, a French Dijon 667 clone. Growing conditions allowed us to add a dash of spicier, darker fruit from Block 10 located on the other side of our vineyard, planted in 1994 to the French Dijon clone 115. This wine was aged 25% in new French oak and aged 15 months in barrel before bottling.

Appellation: Dundee Hills
Soil: Jory – red volcanic: drains well during winter; holds water during summer heat.
Alcohol: 14.1%
pH: 3.65
Oak: French, 25% New; 15 months in barrel
TA: 5.2 g/L
Cases: 560

In 2014, from bud break to harvest, we experienced an almost ideal growing season that delivered exceptional, balanced fruit. Growing conditions were mostly dry and warmer than normal throughout the spring providing a great environment for flowering and fruit set. The result was large clusters that ripened evenly over the course of the warm, dry summer. Conditions remained mostly dry through September with some rain at the end of the month, which ultimately helped reduce pH levels and lower the rapidly rising sugar accumulation. We were able to harvest fruit in near pristine conditions.

Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. A very gracious wine with vibrant aromas of cherry compote, Asian spice and a hint of graham. On the palate, there is impressive purity of dark cherry and blueberry fruit flavors with a savory thread in the background. The interplay of fruit and savory elements give the wine a special credence. The tannins are suave, the oak is deftly integrated, the thirst-quenching, lengthy finish is fueled with vivid, tangy cherry goodness.