Gold – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver – Oregon Wine Awards
Silver – California Pacific Rim
96 Points – PinotFile
92 Points – Christine Havens

2016

Knudsen Vineyards   Chardonnay


$ 45.00 / Bottle

SILVER MEDAL
Oregon Wine Awards (May 2018)

SILVER MEDAL
California Pacific Rim (April 2018)

GOLD MEDAL
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (January 2018)

96 points, PinotFile (March, 2018)
“Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Complimentary aromas of citrus fruits, honey and caramel oak. Gentle and soothing on the palate, with delightful flavors of lemon, pineapple, apple pan dowdy, crème brûlée and subtle blonde caramel. The wine has a generous acid underbelly and the oak is woven in beautifully. Highly refreshing, with a finish that strongly encourages another sip.”

92 points, Christine Havens (March, 2018)
“Textbook Willamette Valley Chardonnay from the Dundee Hills AVA—I have toured the vineyard more than once, a parcel planted in 1995 with French Dijon clones—the vines sit in deep, brick-hued volcanic soils at elevations between ranging from 710-650 feet. Purity reigns here—a kaleidoscope of crisp Opal apples, pears and lemon curd sink beneath a dusting of talcum powder. The oak is well integrated, lending a light touch of toast to balance out an elegant mineral and spice flecked fruit profile. Sample | 13.5% ABV”

The Knudsen Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay blends estate grown fruit from two blocks on the southern half of our vineyard – higher density, flavorful Block 9, planted in 1995 to the French Dijon clones 95 and 76, grown at elevations between 710-760 feet – and higher density, balanced, micro-scale Block 10, planted in 1995 to the French Dijon clone 76, grown at slightly lower elevations between 655-690 feet. The wine was aged 25% in new French oak and aged 11 months in barrel before bottling.

Appellation: Dundee Hills
Soil: Jory – red volcanic: drains well during winter; holds water during summer heat.
Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.30
Oak: French, 25% New; 11 months in barrel
TA: 6.8 g/L
Cases: 320
Similar to the last two vintages, the 2016 growing season continued to push the envelope for defining the new normal in Oregon as one of the earliest on record. An unusually warm spring gave way to moderate summer conditions, which provided even growing conditions through véraison. Though it was an intense growing season due to the early start, the fruit produced throughout the state resulted in wonderful concentration and complexity with characteristic natural acidity. The 2016 vintage saw practically immaculate fruit with few signs of disease, pests or bird effects.
This delicious Chardonnay again exhibits a vibrant light straw color in the glass and presents a lovely, subtle aroma of the stone fruits of pear and peach with a hint of green apple and vanilla. This wine is supple while possessing great natural acidity, balanced and enhanced with modest French oak. The mouthfeel is crisp, yet juicy, with some minerality, and delivers a lingering and elegant finish.