Best Northwest wines of 2015: 70-61

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67. Knudsen Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay, Dundee Hills, $45

Knudsen vineyards-2013-Chardonnay BottleThe late Cal Knudsen was a visionary in the Oregon wine industry, particularly in the Dundee Hills, where he established Knudsen Vineyard in 1971. For years, this property, a portion of which continues to serve as the tasting room for Erath Winery, was the largest planting in the region, and in 1993 it was among the first large-scale plantings of Dijon clone 76 in Oregon. Knudsen’s children recently have created this eponymous brand in memory of their father and mother, Julia Lee, and here’s their remarkable debut with Chardonnay, which they’ve placed in the skillful hands of Argyle winemaker Nate Klostermann. His program of 35% new French oak for six months creates lovely aromas of lemon oil, Bosc pear, banana, brioche and Spanish almond. There’s a match on the fruity palate that hits on all levels, picking up long flavors of ripe banana, light butterscotch and lemon chiffon. It’s a second-generation project that’s 40 years in the making, and Klostermann has it off to a beautiful start. Enjoy this paired with Chilled English Pea Soup with Green Garlic Mint and Crème Fraîche.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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