Knudsen Vineyards New Releases | The PinotFile: Volume 11, Issue 10 |

The fourth vintage of Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noirs includes the 2015 Estate Dundee Hills Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir and the 2015 Estate Reserve Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Knudsen Vineyards was
founded in 1971 and is one of the oldest wineries in Oregon and still Knudsen family owned.

450 cases of the 2015 Estate Pinot Noir were produced in the winery’s traditional style blending estate grown
fruit from Block 5, planted in 2001, and Block 6, planted in 2004, both clone 777 and Block 3, planted in 2000,
clone 667. The wine was released to the public in September. 225 cases of the 2015 Estate Reserve were
produced. This wine includes traditional Blocks 5 and 6 and a new vineyard Block 1 planted at a higher
elevation in 2006. This wine was produced because of the extraordinary vintage and a blocks of grapes that
revealed themselves to be special and distinct. The Estate Reserve will be only offered to mailing list members.
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The family owners came together from across the country in July to blend the 2016 Chardonnay that will be
released in spring 2018. Ryan Collins, previously Director of Viticulture at A to Z Winery, became Head
Viticulturist at Knudsen Vineyards. Jose Sanchez, who started as a field worker over ten years ago, was
promoted to Vineyard Manager at Knudsen Vineyards.

2015 Knudsen Vineyards Estate Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.57,
500 cases, $55, screwcap. Clones 777 and 667 planted in Jory soil. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels,
20% new.


Light ruby red color in the glass. A very friendly wine with cozy aromas of red cherry, cranberry and
sandalwood. Light to mid weight in style, with a charming core of red fruits with cherry as the centerpiece.
Additional accents include baking spices and brioche. Elegantly styled and forward drinking with harmonious
tannins and a robust finish that seems to build in generosity over time in the glass. This lovely wine reveals the
demure, angelic side of Pinot Noir.

Score: 93

2015 Knudsen Vineyards Estate Reserve Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.44, TA
0.55, 225 cases, $70, screwcap. Clone 777 planted in
Jory soil. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 35%


Moderately light garnet color in the glass.
Welcoming aromas of fresh cherry, spice and rose petal.
Upon entry, the wine engages with riveting and luscious
black cherry, black raspberry and plum flavors accented
with a charming dose of spice. A sophisticated wine that is truly
special with impeccable balance, a seamless texture and a grand
finish that lingers until the next sip. This collectible wine was even
more seductive when tasted the following day from a previously
opened and re-corked bottle when my wife and I eagerly polished it

Score: 96

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