Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay

90 – Wine Enthusiast
93 –
PinotFile
93 – International Wine Report
Silver – 2019 SF Chronicle
Silver – 2019 CA Pacific Rim
Silver – Sunset Int’l Wine Comp

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2017

Knudsen Vineyards   Chardonnay

Our 2017 Chardonnay is stunning. The color is a beautiful light yellow, verging on gold. In the glass, the wine presents a full and complex aroma with distinct hints of honeysuckle, caramel, pear, pineapple, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is generous, bright and smooth, displaying balanced acidity and just a hint of oak. A long finish encourages another taste.


$ 45.00

93 points

“This starts off with an inviting bouquet of Meyer lemon zest, Challah bread, Pink Lady apple and shades of clove spices that all take shape. This reveals a lovely silky texture and soft mouthfeel that offers a sense of elegance as it glides seamlessly across the palate. This is showing beautifully now as flavors of citrus fruits and melon connect with bright acidity keeping it fresh and inviting. This gorgeous Chardonnay will continue to develop even further complexity as it evolves over the course of next decade.”

Owen Bargreen, International Wine Report

93 points

“Light golden yellow color in the glass. Invigorating aromas of fresh lemon and petrichor. Crisp, clean and rousing like a cold shower on a hot day. Flavors of lemon, white peach and pear carry through to a quenching finish. Impeccable harmony. More austere in this vintage but still classy and highly satisfying.”

Rusty Gaffney, PinotFile
“Knudsen Vineyards [has] created something special. 2017 is the third vintage of Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay from Dundee Hills in Oregon I had a pleasure of experiencing, and I see a clear progression here, with 2016 being better than 2015, and 2017 being even better than 2016. I would describe this wine as an Elegance of Precision – from the get-go, it had just a perfect amount of everything Chardonnay is famous for – a touch of vanilla, a touch of butter, a touch of golden delicious apples, vibrant acidity – and it was getting even better over the few days it was stored in the fridge, more precise, more integrated, more Burgundian.  If you like Chardonnay, this is a “case buy” wine – not because it is inexpensive, but because you want to keep a few bottles in the cellar for the next 5-10 years, to see it magically evolve.”
Anatoli Levine, Talk-a-Vino

90 POINTS
Wine Enthusiast

93 POINTS
PinotFile
“Light golden yellow color in the glass. Invigorating aromas of fresh lemon and petrichor. Crisp, clean and rousing like a cold shower on a hot day. Flavors of lemon, white peach and pear carry through to a quenching finish. Impeccable harmony. More austere in this vintage but still classy and highly satisfying.”

93 POINTS
International Wine Report
“This starts off with an inviting bouquet of Meyer lemon zest, Challah bread, Pink Lady apple and shades of clove spices that all take shape. This reveals a lovely silky texture and soft mouthfeel that offers a sense of elegance as it glides seamlessly across the palate. This is showing beautifully now as flavors of citrus fruits and melon connect with bright acidity keeping it fresh and inviting. This gorgeous Chardonnay will continue to develop even further complexity as it evolves over the course of next decade.”
– Ownen Bargreen

SILVER MEDAL
2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

SILVER MEDAL
2019 California Pacific Rim Wine Competition

SILVER MEDAL
2019 Sunset International Wine Competition

“Knudsen Vineyards [has] created something special. 2017 is the third vintage of Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay from Dundee Hills in Oregon I had a pleasure of experiencing, and I see a clear progression here, with 2016 being better than 2015, and 2017 being even better than 2016. I would describe this wine as an Elegance of Precision – from the get-go, it had just a perfect amount of everything Chardonnay is famous for – a touch of vanilla, a touch of butter, a touch of golden delicious apples, vibrant acidity – and it was getting even better over the few days it was stored in the fridge, more precise, more integrated, more Burgundian.  If you like Chardonnay, this is a “case buy” wine – not because it is inexpensive, but because you want to keep a few bottles in the cellar for the next 5-10 years, to see it magically evolve.”
– Anatoli Levine, Talk-a-Vino

“The aromas of this wine are lemon zest, apple and vanilla.On the palate this Chardonnay reveals a lovely silky texture and a mouth-feel that is seamless. It displays beautiful flavors of citrus and white melon with bright acidity that keeps it fresh on the finish.”
– Perry Miroballi, Chicago Wine Press

Pairing Suggestion: Knudsen Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay and Salmon
“Be it smoked salmon at brunch or an oven-cooked salmon with a festive spring sauce, this Chardonnay is a great pair. The warm hints of caramelized pear and vanilla will match the smokiness or heaviness of the fish. Each sip finishes with bright acidity and hints of wood, a great balance with the rest of the fresh flavors on the table or with a lemon-herb sauce that tops the fish.”
– Honest Cooking

Appellation: Dundee Hills
Soil: Jory – red volcanic: drains well during winter; holds water during summer heat.
Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.35
Oak: French, 23% New; 11 months in barrel
TA: 6.5 g/L
Cases: 250

The Knudsen Vineyards 2017 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 slower elevations between 655-690 feet. The wine was aged 23% in new French oak 11 months in barrel before bottling.

A relatively cool and wet spring resulted in a near-normal bud break in mid-April. The spring warmed up with record heat in late May that initiated flowering, followed by a cool down in early June through the second and third week of the month.  Flowering produced a very good fruit set generally with more clusters per vine and larger clusters than previous years. July ramped up the heat moving the vintage rapidly to véraison. August saw multiple one-day records for maximum daytime temperatures with heat stress events early and late in the month resulting in one of the warmest on record. A warm early September accelerated fruit development but was slowed by a cooling period mid-month, leading to a relatively slow and steady harvest. 2017 ended up with near average to slightly higher than average sugar and acid levels with beautiful flavors and well-balanced fruit.