Willamette Valley | Dundee Hills

2019 Knudsen Vineyards Family Series Chardonnay

Aromatic bursts of freshly peeled orange, crisp pear and tuberose are delicately balanced with a textural mouthfeel of gripping acidity finishing with hints of lemon curd, rosemary and vanilla cream.

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93 – Great NW Wine
91 – Wine & Spirits
Gold – Savor NW

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

93, “Outstanding” – Great NW Wine
“Three blocks of Dijon clones 76 and 96, planted between 1993 and 1995, spent 15 months in a barrel program of French oak that includes 25% new wood. That oak provides only a discreet veneer, allowing the fruit from this 50-year-old site to shine throughout, beginning with lemony tones that include Asian pear, starfruit, sweet herbs and minerality. The structure is sophisticated and bright as lemon curd transitions to Key lime juice in the lengthy finish.”

90 – Wine Enthusiast
“The aromas appeal, with notes of lemon curd, stone fruit, mineral, yellow apple and barrel spice. Like many offerings from this vintage, the palate is light and reserved.”

GOLD – Savor NW Wine Awards

SILVER San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2021

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.