Knudsen Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $55

By on December 31, 2015

knudsen-vineyards-pinot-noir-2013-bottleOne of Oregon’s iconic vineyards continues to shine brightly as the next generation of the Knudsen family moves forward with their young brand. Arygle winemaker Nate Klostermann focuses on Dijon clone 777 fruit from blocks planted in 2000 and 2001 while also bringing in Pommard plantings (30%) from 2008, and his barrel program of 15 months in 20% new French oak doesn’t distract from this Pinot Noir that’s a bit darker than one typically sees from the Dundee Hills. The nose from that warmer vintage hints at strawberry and cherry with Craisins, cocoa-dusted plum, jasmine and lavender. Its entry is round and fruity with vine-ripened strawberry, black raspberry and boysenberry. Notes of cola and black pepper extend the pleasing finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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