2020 Knudsen Vineyards Rosé
This Pinot noir and Chardonnay blend delights with a fashionable hue of crabapple pink. The robust red berry and rose petal aromas are on-point and inviting. Flavors of red raspberry, orange peel and honeydew are nicely balanced and refreshingly crisp with a long finish. Try it paired with grilled salmon or Dungeness crab salad.
Vineyard | Knudsen Vineyard
AVA | Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
Soil | Red Jory Clay
Winemaker | Nate Klostermann
Released | March, 2020
Cases | 200
Oak | A portion of the wine was aged in neutral French oak for 6 mos.
ABV | 12.5%
pH | 3.15
Ta | 8.1
Brix | 20.3
Varieties | 90% Pinot noir, 10% Chardonnay
Overall, the 2020 growing season (April-October) was modestly warmer (+1.9 degrees) than the long-term average while precipitation was below average (-2.9 inches).
Spring experienced swings in temperature with early season heat followed by cool, wet conditions before and during flowering in early June. As a consequence, fruit set resulted in smaller clusters and berries and yields substantially lower than the prior seven years.
2020 in the North Willamette Valley, and elsewhere, will be most remembered for a smoke event occurring around Labor Day. This event was precipitated by an extremely rare, strong easterly wind, stoking wildfires and smoke in northwestern Oregon including the Willamette Valleywhich persisted over a 10-day period.
Knudsen Vineyards produced a single wine from the 2020 growing season, a 2020 Rosé from estate grapes unaffected by the smoke event.