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2014 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay

2014 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay


The 2014 growing season started out beautifully and stayed that way to the end. The gentle warm weather allowed the grape flowers to pollinate in large numbers resulting in many grape clusters. The summer was dry and sunny but ended in some rain. These cold rain events at the end of August and mid September were very welcomed. The precipitation perked the vines up delivering extraordinary fruit. The fruit was harvested from September 11th to October 5th. The sparkling wine grapes showed ripe fruit and high acidity.


ROCO Chardonnay is handpicked and then chilled overnight at 38 degrees Fahrenheit 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 it completes fermentation. After primary fermentation is complete, the young wine goes through malolactic fermentation in order to soften the acidity and to add further complexity. Next, the wines are racked to different barrels approximately 15-20% new and 80% neutral French oak. There they rest for at least five months before bottling. 


"Aromas of pear and pear blossom are laced with citrus and a kiss of honeysuckle. There is a generous mid-palate cornucopia of tree ripened Anjou pear, green melon and a hint of roasted cashew. Immediately mouth-filling without losing its crisp backboned elegance. The impressive length is deepened with notes of vanilla and late winter camellia blossom." -Rollin Soles, Winemaker

94 Wine Enthusiast (Editors' Choice)

Featured in The Wall Street Journal


12+ bottles  

  • Complimentary Ground  
  • $50 Flat Rate 2-Day Air  

6 bottles  

  • $15 Flat Rate Ground  
  • $50 Flat Rate 2-Day Air  

For arrival by Thanksgiving:  

  • Ground Shipping: order by November 13th  
  • 2-Day Air Shipping: order by November 16th  

 For arrival by Christmas and New Year's Eve:  

  • Ground Shipping:  order by December 8th  
  • 2-Day Air Shipping: order by December 13th  

Please note, these shipping timelines are to be used as a guide only and are subject to carrier and weather delays. Weather holds may apply to Ground Shipping. Holiday delivery not guaranteed. Please place orders early to ensure the timely arrival of your wine!  

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