Gold Medal – SavorNW Wine Awards
2017 Year’s Best – Wine & Spirits
97 points – The Pour Fool
96 points – PinotFile
2017 Oregon Chardonnay Celebration


Knudsen Vineyards   Chardonnay

$ 45.00 / Bottle

The Knudsen Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay exhibits a vibrant light straw color in the glass, presents a subtle aroma of citrus and pear with a hint of green apple and vanilla, offers a flinty, crisp mouthfeel and delivers a lingering and elegant finish.

This is our third Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay since our return to winemaking in 2012. We honor the pioneering spirit of our parents, Cal and Julia Lee Knudsen, and celebrate 45 years of viticultural innovation at Knudsen Vineyards.

Wine & Spirits (August 2017)
This wine shows off plenty of apple and apple-skin fruit in its aromatic display and its flavors. The texture is round and generous, the finish showing a kiss of oak.”

SavorNW Wine Awards (March 2017)

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (January 2017)
TEXSOM International Wine Awards (March 2017)

2017 Oregon Chardonnay Celebration (February 2017)

97 points – The Pour Fool (March 2017)
“The flavors were hallmark Chard, at the core – yellow apples, ripe pears, sweet herbs, hints of citrus, buttermint, cream, gooseberries, and vanilla – and then swarming with grace notes of wheatgrass, white pepper, honeydew melon, star fruit, honeysuckle, quince, slate, and lime leaf. The balance is Perfect. The alcohol is totally transparent and integrated, the fruit is vivid but not effusive, the minerals are prominent but not pushy, the finish is dry and elegant, and the acidity is exactly what you want in a Chard that’s suitable for sipping but also a devastatingly fine food accompaniment. … This 2015 Chardonnay from Knudsen is transcendent; literally one of the two or three best white wines of any varietal that I have ever tasted from the US.”

96 points – PinotFile (March 2017)
“Very light platinum color in the glass. Demure aromas of apple, citrus, almond biscotti and buttery brioche excite the senses. Serene and sophisticated on the palate, with flavors of apple, pear and coconut. Impeccably balanced, with a sleek mouthfeel and a lip smacking, dry finish. Very classy juice.”

91 points – Wine Enthusiast (June 2017)
“Consistent with past releases, this estate-grown effort includes Dijon 76 and 95 clonal material, planted in 1995. It’s toasty in both nose and taste, with a tight core of green-berry, apple and banana fruit. As it breathes open there’s a dollop of cream, just enough to smooth out the finish.”

90 points – Wine Spectator (June 2017)
“Crisp and harmonious, with lemon blossom and apple aromas and focused spice and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2019.”

Drink Me (October 2017)
“This crisp wine is produced from Dijon clones planted in 1995, and boasts a vibrant straw color. Aromas of pear and green apple waft along the nose, while notes of citrus and vanilla float on the palate. This delicate chardonnay delivers a crisp mouthfeel and an elegant, familiar finish that paints an image of family gatherings overlooking the stunning Oregon landscape.”

8/8+ – Talk-A-Vino (November 2017)
“Opens in the glass quite elegantly. Second day was outstanding – nice buttery note while fridge cold, and more vanilla-driven as the wine warmed up.”

Vintage: 2015
Varietal: Chardonnay
Appellation: Dundee Hills Willamette Valley
Harvest Date: September, 2015
Acid: 7.1 g/l
pH: 3.33
Aging: 10 months in barrel
Bottling Date: September, 2016
Tannin: 27% new French oak
Alcohol %: 14
Production: 320 cases

The Knudsen Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay is produced from Dijon clones planted on 3309 rootstock in 1995 with vine spacing set at 5×3.3 feet. Vineyard blocks represented range in elevation from 655-760 feet.