2019 Knudsen Vineyards Rosé

Introducing the first wine with our new Family Series label, the inaugural release of Rosé shines in the glass with exuberant aromas of freshly sliced honeydew, fruit leather and rose petals. The palate is refreshing and crisp with a textural complexity and it lingers long after the first sip. Enjoy chilled with your feet up!

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Estate Grown

LIVE Certified

Salmon Safe

For our inaugural bottling of Rosé, we blended multiple blocks of estate Pinot noir and 10% Chardonnay to create a bright and crisp wine. A portion of the grapes were destemmed and allowed to soak on the skins for 48 hours. The second portion of the grapes went straight to the press to collect just the juice. The third portion of the grapes underwent a classic red wine fermentation. All portions were then blended together

Vineyard | Knudsen Vineyard
AVA | Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
Soil | Red Jory Clay
Winemaker | Nate Klostermann
Bottled | 05/2020
Cases | 125
Oak  | Neutral French Oak, 6 mos
ABV | 12%
pH | 3.12
Ta | 8.3
Brix | 19.8
Varieties | 90% Pinot Noir,  10% Chardonnay

map of knudsen vineyards illustrating the various vineyard blocks by grape variety

50% Block 2
Elevation (ft) 820-945
Rootstock Own
Planted 1974
Exposure NE
Clone Pommard
Spacing 5 x 8.5

2% Block 14
Elevation (ft) 645-710
Rootstock Own
Planted 1998
Exposure E
Clone Pommard
Spacing 5 x 7.5

38% Block 31, 33-38
Elevation (ft) 630-690
Rootstock 3309
Planted 1994-1995
Exposure S
Clones 777, Pommard, 115
Spacing 5 x 3.3

10% Block 30, 32
Elevation (ft) 360-690
Rootstock 3309
Planted 1995
Exposure S
Clone 96, 76
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.