Willamette Valley | Dundee Hills

2014 Knudsen Vineyards Pinot noir

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 creedence. The tannins are suave, the oak is deftly integrated, the thirst-quenching, lengthy finish is fueled with vivid, tangy cherry goodness.
– PinotFile

FAMILY SERIES

Estate Grown

LIVE Certified

Salmon Safe

ACCOLADES

92  – Wine Enthusiast
93 – PinotFile
Double Gold – Savor NW
Double Gold – Sunset Int’l
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Tech Sheet

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

map of knudsen vineyards illustrating the various vineyard blocks by grape varietyBlock 15 | 42%
Rootstock | Riparia
Clone | 667
Planted | 2001
Elevation | 680-760 ft
Exposure | S
Spacing | 5×5 ft

Block 18 | 8%
Rootstock | Riparia
Clone | 777
Plated | 2000
Elevation | 570-670 ft
Exposure | SE
Spacing | 5×3.3 ft

Block 11 | 8%
Rootstock | 3309
Clone | 777
Plated | 2004
Elevation | 710-810 ft
Exposure | NE
Spacing | 5×5 ft

Block 34 | 8%
Rootstock | 3309
Clone | 115
Plated | 1994
Elevation | 630-680 ft
Exposure | SE
Spacing | 5×3.3 ft

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.”

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)

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.”

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

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.