11 Northwest Pinot Noirs to taste today

By on September 29, 2013

Kings Ridge 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $18

Kings Ridge Pinot NoirRyan Harms founded Union Wine Co., in 2010, and he hired Greg Bauer soon after to take over the winemaking. They’ve recast this former Rex Hill brand and relaunched it as the mid-level tier under the umbrella they’ve created within an industrial park in Tualatin, Ore. Despite a challenging vintage, this falls under the fresh and fruity category, starting in the nose with hints of raspberry, strawberry, cherry and a sprig of mint. On the palate, it shows finesse as raspberry and strawberry flavors return, joined by Hermiston watermelon and tangerine acidity. Those who enjoy a lighter-style Pinot Noir should appreciate this for more than just its price. Don’t bother looking for a tasting room — there is none — yet it is distributed to more than 30 states.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 11,500 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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