Best Buy! It was only as recent as the 2018 vintage when winemaker Brent Stone took the King family’s Sauvignon Blanc program beyond a club-only level of production. And that bottling went on to earn a Platinum Award. This effort involves more than a handful of vineyards throughout Oregon, led by young planting Willig near Mount Angel, with a noteworthy contribution from Croft near Salem. Citrus and slate readily emerge as the theme, expanding with lime and gooseberry. The use of neutral oak, concrete and stainless steel during fermentation creates complexity, and the weekly stirring of the lees provides some midpalate weight. At the close, the sense of citron pulp adds a bit of tension and grip.
Rating: Outstanding! — 90 points
Production: 4,000 cases