On August 23, 2016 we released the Knudsen Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir, our third vintage Pinot Noir, for purchase first to email list members for a 21-day release period and then to the public. We produced 560 cases, compared to 200 cases of the Knudsen Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, due to the exceptional quality of this vintage.
In Oregon, the 2014 growing season was unusually warm and dry resulting in a bountiful and fully ripe crop with juicy and luscious flavors. In warmer and drier years particularly, Knudsen Vineyard benefits from our relatively cooler higher elevation site and innovative vineyard-wide drip irrigation system.
The Knudsen Vineyards 2014 Pinot Noir is a blend of wine from 4 vineyard blocks of varying age, clone, exposure and elevation. The foundation is Block 6, planted to Dijon clone 777, imparting darker berry flavors, combined with wine from the upper part of Block 3, planted to Dijon clone 667, which offers floral notes and silky texture. We also added some Block 5, another 777 clone at a lower elevation planted in 2000, and Block 10, on our southern slope, planted in 1994 with the heritage 115 clone. Our 2014 Pinot Noir was barrel fermented for 15 months in older French oak barrels then blended 25% with wine barreled in new oak. Reflecting the warmer vintage, the 2014 Pinot Noir possesses 14.1% alcohol content.
This wine is drinking superbly now, and will age well in the cellar.