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
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
Oak French, 30% new, 17 mos.
Ta 5.5 g/L
Winemaker Nate Klostermann
50% | Block 15
Spacing: 5 x 5
50% | Block 17
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.