Willamette Valley | Dundee Hills

2019 Knudsen Vineyards Family Series Chardonnay

This stunning vintage of Chardonnay has just been released!

More details on this wine will be coming soon.

FAMILY SERIES

Estate Grown

LIVE Certified

Salmon Safe

Appellation: Dundee Hills
Soil: Jory – red volcanic: drains well during winter; holds water during summer heat.
Oak:French, 25% New; 15 months in barrel
Bottled: 04/2021
Released: 10/2021
Cases: 275

Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.35
TA: 6.1 g/L
Harvest Brix: 22
Winemaker: Nate Klostermann

map of knudsen vineyards illustrating the various vineyard blocks by grape variety33% | Block 26
Elevation | 725-760
Rootstock | 3309
Year Planted | 1995
Exposure | SE
Clone | CH 76
Spacing | 5×3

33% | Block 28
Rootstock | 3309
Clone | CH 96
Plated | 1993
Elevation | 690-740 ft
Exposure | SE
Spacing | 7.5×4 ft

33% | Block 29 
Rootstock | 3309
Clone | CH 76
Plated | 1993
Elevation | 650-710 ft
Exposure | SE
Spacing | 7.5×4 ft

The 2019 growing season was slightly cooler and modestly wetter than the warm and dry seasons the previous five years, although phenological timing – budbreak, bloom, veraison and harvest – and growing degree days were almost identical to the warmer 2018. Notably, September and October each had ~2.6 inches of rain, and the latter half of September into October was considerably cooler than prior years. Thankfully the precipitation was spread out in September, and the majority of the rain in October occurred after harvest, so hand-wringing was replaced with relief and joy regarding the high quality of the vintage.