Knudsen Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir - bottle
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2017 Knudsen Vineyards
Pinot Noir

This fresh-faced Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is a bright ruby red, fading to a gentle salmon pink. Red raspberry, spiced cherry, and blood orange emerge from the glass, followed by gentle notes of cola and quinquina. The body is light and linear with a good balance of youthful fruit and complex spices with a whisper of oak in the background. The fruit turns pleasantly tart on the palate with suggestions of orange blossom and allspice, supported by crisp acidity and a pleasantly long finish.

$ 55.00 / Bottle

Appellation Dundee Hills
Alcohol 14.2%
Soil Jory Brix 23.6
Oak French, 23%, 16 mos.
pH 3.56
TA 5.5
Cases 375

Our 2017 Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir is a blend of Dijon clone 777 from Block 3 and Dijon clone 667 grapes from Block 4. We planted Block 3, at ~700 feet elevation, almost 20-years ago and this Block reliably produces some of our “best” wine with fragrant red berry aromas and flavor, great structure and full mouthfeel. The grapes from Block 4 are younger, planted in 2012, and we were impressed by the freshness and light red berry aroma, some cherry and raspberry, of this wine. The two together offer more than the sum of the parts. The wine was aged 16 months in 20% new oak barrels prior to bottling. This is a beautifully textured, fresh fruited and drinkable wine which will age well for 5 – 10 years.

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 veraison. 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.