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Double Gold – Oregon Wine Awards
Best of 2017 – Sip Northwest
2017 Oregon Pinot Noir All-American – PinotFile
Cellar Selects – Oregon Wine Press
96 points – PinotFile

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2015 Knudsen Vineyards Reserve Pinot noir

Red garnet color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of violet, rose, fresh cherry, leaf and cocoa spice. This dynamic wine engages the palate with riveting and luscious black cherry, black raspberry and plum flavors accented with light forest wood notes. and charming dose of red earth spice. A sophisticated and concentrated wine that is truly seductive, with a lush balance, seamless texture, and a long, complex finish that lingers. Still stunning when tasted two days later from a previously opened bottle.

70 | 59.5 Club

Oregon Wine Awards (May 2018)

TEXSOM (May, 2018)

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (January 2018)

Best of 2017 – Sip Northwest (October 2017)

Cellar Selects – Oregon Wine Press (November 2017)
“Rich, saturated and perfect for the cozy season, this wine smells of dusty mineralogy, earth, bark, roasted coffee, walnut skin, leather and dried flowers. Next, concentrated cherry and plum swirl on the palate with cola, milk chocolate, smoke and coconut. Substantial structure and zingy acid underline the exceptional taste experience.”

2017 Oregon Pinot Noir All-American, 96 points – PinotFile (December 2017)
“Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of fresh cherry, spice and rose petal. Upon entry, the wine engages with riveting and luscious black cherry, black raspberry and plum flavors accented with a charming dose of spice. A sophisticated wine that is truly special with impeccable balance, a seamless texture and a grand finish that lingers until the next sip. This collectible wine was even more seductive when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle when my wife and I eagerly polished it off.”

Wild 4 Washington Wines (August 2018)
“Wonderful at open, ready to enjoy. Also wonderful decanted. And the little I had left on day two was also delicious. I don’t often encounter a red wine which drinks beautifully at open and over two days. Impressed. Matched this wine with a delicately seasoned steak, and paired with baked apple (especially good), and yellow bell pepper. Surprised how well I enjoyed the baked apple, it was a good pairing with this wine. Serve lightly chilled and enjoy over the next five years.”

8/8+ – Talk-A-Vino (November 2017)
“Cherries, good acidity, layers, smooth, lavender-driven on the second day. Very polished, elegant, will evolve with time.”

Tasting Pour (November 2017)
“Rich, saturated, and ready to tuck in and enjoy this winter.  A nose of dusty minerality, earth, bark, roasted coffee, walnut skin, leather, and dried flowers.  Concentrated cherry and plum swirl with cola, milk chocolate, smoke, and coconut on a substantial structure with a zingy acidity.”

We crafted this wine because we were presented with extraordinary vintage conditions as well as having a block of grapes reveal themselves to be quite special and distinct. This wine’s foundation relies on equal parts of fruit from Block 5 and Block 6, both French Dijon clones that are found in our traditional style of Pinot Noir. The amazing distinction in this wine comes from Block 1 French Dijon clone 777 fruit, planted in 2006 at a higher elevation than the other blended blocks, which presented noticeable brightness, freshness and aromatic expression. This wine was aged 35% in new French oak and aged 16 months in barrel before bottling.

Appellation: Dundee Hills
Soil: Jory – red volcanic: drains well during winter; holds water during summer heat.
Alcohol: 14.1%
pH: 3.55
Oak: French, 35% New; 16 months in barrel
TA: 5.5 g/L
Cases: 200

Oregon’s Willamette Valley produced a stellar 2015 vintage marked by a nearly ideal growing season similar to that of the previous year. In 2015, bud break in the Willamette Valley occurred almost a month earlier than normal, with early warm weather conditions tempered by light, scattered showers in late August. A return to normalcy in September provided a break to what was an intense growing season, resulting in concentrated, balanced fruit at harvest.