The wine is King Estate’s superpremium offering, made exclusively with organically grown grapes from the estate vineyard. Lush and earthy, it’s got a lot of forward, tart berry fruit power, turns a bit soft in the middle, and sails away with a hint of heat and a lick of chocolate.
This is much creamier, with much more leesy flavor than the regular bottling, but not as much ripe fruit (perhaps because it is from a different vintage). Various flavors of nuts, honey, spice and light tropical fruit mingle in a well balanced finish.
King Estate first made their Domaine Pinot Gris in 2003, exclusively from estate-grown fruit. Constant experimentation with new clones and multiple trellis systems has brought marked, steady improvement. This is a fine effort; the fruit smacks of cut pear, pineapple and light tropical flavors. It’s textural and tangy, with a pleasing citrus skin finish.
Lightly herbal, scented with tart pear and tasting the same, this organically grown estate wine is King Estate’s best Pinot Gris. Their signature bottling sets a good standard for the grape in Oregon; this elevates it with more detail, density and personality. The alcohol is a sensible 13%, allowing subtle green fruit and herb grace notes to emerge.
Solid and flavorful, with a bouquet of smoky oak over dry cherry fruit, accented by pepper and spice. The wood is plentiful but handsome, nicely framing the ripe fruit. Earthy forest-floor notes and a supple yet tangy mouthfeel complete the attractive package. It’s warm and inviting, finishing with good length. Drink now through 2005. Significantly better than a…
Sweet fruit, pure and crystal clear defines this single-vineyard effort from King Estate. It’s a crisp, tight Pinot with firm fruit and a concentrated, spicy middle. Nothing jammy or over the top, but well made and knit together. This is the third year they have made the wine, though just the second “official” release.
King Estate is re-tooling their Pinot lineup, eliminating the reserve tier. This “Signature” bottling incorporates a higher percentage (almost two thirds) of estate-grown fruit. Firm and tight, it’s a nice mix of berries and pomegranate, hard and lightly metallic. There are hints of bark and earth, and the structure to improve over the next 3–5 years.
Earthy aromas and apple, pear, toast and herbs on the nose and palate mark this enjoyable and well-structured wine. Offers a nice balance of creaminess and tanginess in the mouth and a crisp, spicy finish to boot.