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Knudsen Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $55
The historic Knudsen family, led by the late Cal Knudsen’s daughter, Page, adds another delicious chapter to its young brand with this fruit-forward Pinot Noir crafted by Argyle winemaker Nate Klostermann. Clone 777 dominates this blend across four blocks, and the dark red fruit profile is reminiscent of boysenberry, blackcurrant and black cherry. The 16 months in 20% new French oak allow for baking spice, cola and toasted sesame seed, while a touch of earthiness adds to its panache. Pleasing density of plum, cherry-skin tannins and boysenberry acidity make for a rich finish. This marks the third consecutive vintage that Great Northwest Wine’s tasting panel has given its top rating to the Knudsen Vineyards flagship Pinot Noir.
Production: 500 cases