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King Estate Winery 2016 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $29.00
This past summer, the King family promoted head winemaker Brent Stone into the newly created role of chief operating officer at their Eugene-area winery, and his team shows a deft touch with one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest bottlings of Pinot Noir. Smoky aromas of cherry and cranberry swirl together with white pepper and rhubarb. The nose is only a preview to the concentrated flavors and balanced elements of this delightful Pinot. There is a wonderful balance of tart flavor with bright acid and then a velvety mouth feel. While the vineyards surrounding King Estate form the foundation, the final blend is an assemblage of more than a dozen sites throughout the valley. Earlier this month, this young release earned a gold medal from a collection of some of the region’s top wine buyers at the sixth annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.
Production: 25,680 cases