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2015 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay

2015 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay
2015 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay

 

 

2015 VINTAGE NOTES

This growing season was one of those warm, sunny experiences that we all desire in the often challenging Willamette Valley. Other than a spot of high temperatures, nearly the entirety of August punched in at the 80’s with clear blue skies. Virtually no precipitation occurred all summer long. The vines were obviously struggling under persistent sunshine and no precipitation, but then August 28-30th brought us a refreshing 1.3 inches of rain! This rainfall perked up the vines, the acid bounced back and fruit flavors became lively once again. We received one more shot of cool rain on September 17th with freezing levels down to 5500 feet. These cloudy cool wet events at the end of the growing season helped to lift the character, and provide a nice zip of flavor. We were able to pick at optimum ripeness beginning around September 4th through September 23rd. The 2015 wines are chock full of great fruit flavor, structure and a mouthwatering dose of delicious freshness and acidity.

 

WINEMAKING PROCESS

ROCO Chardonnay is handpicked and then chilled overnight at 38˚ F in a large storage room. The chilled bunches are then pressed and the juice is sent to a tank. After settling in tank, the juice is inoculated and racked to neutral oak where is completes fermentation. After the primary fermentation, the young wine goes through a second malolactic fermentation in order to soften the acidity and to add further complexity. Next, the wines are racked to a mix of new and neutral French oak. There they rest for at least five months before bottling.

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WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES

“The warm 2015 summer produced ripe, luscious fruit flavors and texture. In combination with Knudsen Vineyards late ripening, high elevation and an acid-saving cold front at the end of August, these elements all converged to produce this fantastic Chardonnay. The aromas are a mix of Asian pear and honey-crisp apple fruit with characteristically cool region spice, vanilla, white flower complexity. The flavors are a seamless, full throttle, ripe tree fruit of white nectarine and comice pear. Yet they still have lively acidity and minerality, which are definite palate players. The finish travels forever. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif and notice the refreshing acidity. Then, carry it into a meal to bring out the vanilla and nectarine succulence.” - Rollin Soles, Winemaker

93 WINE ENTHUSIAST

93 JAMES SUCKLING

90 WINE ADVOCATE

Vintage2015
Varietal100% Chardonnay
AppellationDundee Hills AVA
VineyardKnudsen Vineyard
Aging10+ Months
Alcohol13.50%
Volume750 ml

 

93 WINE ENTHUSIAST

“Rich, ripe and full flavored, this has a compelling mix of tree fruit, pineapple and sea-salt caramel flavors. It's absolutely delicious now yet able to be cellared for another half decade at least." - P.G., 10/2017

 

93 JAMES SUCKLING

“Very impressive complexity here with a flinty, minerally edge to the bright citrus and white-nectarine aromas. The palate has a very refined and beautifully elegant core of white-nectarine flavor with supple textural build and a long, smooth finish. Drink now.” – J.S., 11/30/2018

 

90 WINE ADVOCATE

“The 2015 Chardonnay Knudsen Vineyards has a lovely nose of warm apple pie, baked pear and Meyer lemon with crème fraîche and white button mushroom accents. Medium-bodied with pretty apple and cream flavors plus a touch of white peach, it has bright acidity and a long finish. 100 cases produced." - E.B., 08/31/2018

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