Willamette Valley | Dundee Hills

2019 Knudsen Vineyards Throughline Pinot noir

Crafted with a common thread

Every Knudsen Vineyards block has something to say. With this wine, we capture the conversation between two delightfully diverse Pinot noirs produced on Southeast-facing plots and planted just a year apart in the heart of the vineyard. Block 15 is richer and darker – a wonderful complement to the lighter, brighter, more direct profile of block 17.

TALKING BLOCKS SERIES

Only available from Knudsen Vineyards

Estate Grown

LIVE Certified

Salmon Safe

With each wine speaking in equal measures, Throughline delivers beautifully layered, complex flavors and aromas.

Rich red-fruited aromas and cherry-vanilla compote are accented by sweet tobacco and earthy notes. On the palate, lively flavors of cola spice are balanced with vibrant acidity. This wine has a noticeably silky mouthfeel with moderate tannins.

Appellation Willamette Valley | Dundee Hills
Alcohol 13.8%
Soil Jory
Brix 23.4°
Oak French, 30% new, 17 mos.
pH 3.621
Ta
5.5 g/L
Cases 100
Winemaker Nate Klostermann
Bottled 05/2021
Released 05/2022

map of knudsen vineyards illustrating the various vineyard blocks by grape variety50% | Block 15
Elevation: 680-770
Planted: 2001
Clone: 667
Rootstock: Riparia
Exposure: SE
Spacing: 5 x 5

50% | Block 17
Elevation: 590-705
Planted: 2000
Clone: 115
Rootstock: 3309
Exposure: SE
Spacing: 5 x 3.3

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.