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Gold – Oregon Wine Awards
93 points – PinotFile
92 points – Blue Lifestyle
91 points – Wine Enthusiast
91 points – WineSpeed

Outstanding! – Great Northwest Wine
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2015 Knudsen Vineyards Pinot noir

Brilliant ruby red color in the glass. A very friendly wine with aromas of ripe red cherry, cranberry, rose, sandalwood, and a touch of earth. Medium weight and concentration wrapped around a core of red fruits with cherry as the centerpiece. Additional accents include baking spices and brioche. Elegantly styled and forward drinking with supple tannins and a robust finish that builds richness over time in the glass.

55 | 46.75 Club

Oregon Wine Awards (May 2018)

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (January 2018)

Outstanding! – Great Northwest Wine (November 2017)
“Its beautiful garnet color leads to classic Dundee Hills high-toned red fruit aromas and flavors, hinting at Triple Berry Pie with cardamom, cranberry-rhubarb compote and a dusting of white pepper amid a structure that exhibits restraint.”

93 points PinotFile (September 2017)
“Light ruby red color in the glass. A very friendly wine with cozy aromas of red cherry, cranberry and sandalwood. Light to mid weight in style, with a charming core of red fruits with cherry as the centerpiece. Additional accents include baking spices and brioche. Elegantly styled and forward drinking with harmonious tannins and a robust finish that seems to build in generosity over time in the glass. This lovely wine reveals the demure, angelic side of Pinot Noir.”

92 points – Blue Lifestyle (August 2017)
“Pale ruby color; smooth, savory and fresh with elegant style and velvety texture; silky, balanced and long.”

91 points – Wine Enthusiast (May 2018)

91 points – James Suckling (December 2017)
“This pinot noir shows floral character with jasmine and lilac. Dried strawberries, cherries and ginseng, too. Medium body, soft tannins and a medium finish.”

91 points – WineSpeed (September 2017)
“Beguiling aromas of roses and tea and a delicate earthy flavor. Its richness is beautifully faded…like an exquisite old tapestry. Pinots such as this evoke a certain similarity with Burgundies. If you love classic pinot noir, this is for you.”

Vindulge (August 2018)
“Beautifully fragrant nose with lots of rich cherries, cranberries, and herbs with nice savory note. Opens up very nicely. It’s not a “big” or bold Pinot, but it does have great depth of flavor, elegance, and lots of character. Would love to try this with a roasted lamb, or pork tenderloin, though nothing too overly seasoned or spicy to take away from the delicate nature of the wine. Beautiful!”

8- – Talk-A-Vino (November 2017)
“Cherries, round, good acidity, touch of mushrooms, fresh, Burgundian style. Very nice.”

The Daily Meal (May, 2018)
“Finicky Pinot Noir is known as the “heartbreak grape”but winemakers can’t resist the challenge. Perhaps more than any other red wine grape, Pinot Noir has the uncanny ability to transmit the ineffable qualities of terroir. Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015 meticulously balances poise and playfulness. Clearly inspired by Burgundy in its direct communication of fruit and earth, there is also a charming thread of American exuberance in its hints of spice, juicy & ripe red cherries, and supple tannins. “

The Knudsen Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir wine mirrors the style of previous vintages, blending estate grown fruit from Block 5, planted in 2001 and Block 6, planted in 2004, both French Dijon 777 clones, and Block 3, planted in 2001, a French Dijon 667 clone. This wine was aged 20% 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: 3.62
Oak: French, 20% New; 16 months in barrel
TA: 5.7 g/L
Cases: 450

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.