The KV 2014 Chardonnay, our second Chardonnay since our return to winemaking, is released for purchase to our mailing list on March 16, 2016. We have produced 260 cases compared to 100 caes of the KV 2013 Chardonnay.
The 2014 growing season was unusually warm and dry and resulted in a bountiful crop of exceptional quality. This was particularly true at Knudsen Vineyard which benefits in warm years from our higher elevation and innovative vineyard-wide drip irrigation system. In 2014, KV produced nearly 4 times the tonnage of Chardonnay grapes compared to the cooler and much wetter (particularly at harvest) 2013.
The KV 2014 Chardonnay is a blend of Dijon clones 76 and 96 from Blocks 9 and 10 on our southern slope planted in 1995. This wine is a beautiful pale straw color in the glass, possesses distinct aromas of citrus, green apple and stone fruit with a hint of vanilla, and offers a refreshingly zesty and lean minerality flavor profile.
We are confident that you will enjoy this refreshingly drinkable Chardonnay!
Previous Release Information
In late August 2015, we released 200 cases of our second vintage Pinot Noir, the Knudsen Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir.
This Pinot is classically Oregon. It is light to medium bodied and exhibits aromas of fresh bramble-berry and a hint of wet stone. The wine possesses wonderfully balanced acidity and displays an unusually long finish. The Pinot is a blend of grapes from three different blocks, 6, 8 and 3, with the foundation built around slightly north facing Block 6, also the foundation of our 2012 Pinot Noir. Block 6, planted to the 777 Dijon clone, imparts darker berry notes to the wine's aromas and palate, while Block 8, with its Pommard clone, introduces slightly earthy elements. Block 3, another 777 block, offers elegence and floral notes.
This wine is quite similar to our 2012 Pinot Noir, perhaps a bit less fruit-forward, with great depth and complex flavors revealing themselves over time. We believe that it superbly showcases the subtlety, depth and complexity of the fruit from Knudsen Vineyards.
In late August 2014 we released for sale 100 cases of our Knudsen Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, the first wine with a Knudsen Vineyard label since the mid-1970's. The wine was offered via invitation to our friends and mailing list community and sold-out within the 14 day pre-release period.
In Oregon, the 2012 vintage Pinot Noir from the north Willamette Valley is among the most highly acclaimed. Our 2012 Pinot Noir is elegant, possessing a floral and subtle berry aroma, silky and luscious mouth feel, a fruit forward taste, long finish and a lighter ruby-red color. Both by design and consistent with many Oregon Pinot Noirs, alcohol content is relatively low at 13.5% by volume. Our Pinot Noir was barrel fermented for 16 months in older French oak barrels then blended at 10% with wine barreled in new oak. This wine is drinking well now, and we expect it will age well in the cellar, too.
In mid-March 2015 we released for sale 100 cases of our first Chardonnay.
The Knudsen Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay is characterized by energetic freshness, a light citrus aroma and crisp taste and also a hint of stone fruit. It has continued to improve in the bottle and exhibits a beautiful light straw color in the glass, is relatively dry and flavorful with balanced acidity and presents a lingering and elegant finish. Our inaugural Chardonnay received a 94 point rating from PinotFile. Their rating and description can be found by clicking here.
Knudsen Vineyards has been growing fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes since our founding in 1971. Over the years both Knudsen Erath and Argyle Winery have made excellent award-winning still and sparkling wines with our grapes. Argyle's exceptional Oregon Sparkling Blanc de Blancs is made entirely from chardonnay grapes from Julia Lee's block (named after our mother) on Knudsen Vineyard.
With the re-introduction in 2012 of wines with a Knudsen Vineyards label the Knudsen family is pleased to carry on the tradition of producing outstanding wine from Knudsen Vineyard located in the heart of the Dundee Hills of Oregon.