King Estate Winery 2019 Inscription Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $20

By on January 12, 2022

While it doesn’t officially qualify as a “Best Buy!”, this project by Brent Stone is in its second vintage and it’s gobsmacker in terms of quality and price. Half of the lot comes from the King family’s Demeter-farmed estate, and the winemaking regimen includes 20% whole cluster fermentation followed by eight months in 30% new French oak. The approach is bright and classic with Bing cherry, Marionberry and pomegranate juice layered over smooth tannins, offering bits of anise and tapenade. And the success of the 2018 debut vintage prompted the 2021 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year to triple its production here. Award: Bellingham Northwest (double gold).

Rating: Double Platinum, 98 points

Production: 33,000 cases

Alcohol: 12.94%

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