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|Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2013 (based on 4 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 20 notes) - and median of 87 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by Cesayian on 11/17/2012 & rated 82 points: Light and thin, whiff of fruit on nose, but nothing else. Drinkable. (1396 views)|
| ||Tasted by leesullivan on 7/20/2012 & rated 90 points: super. very balanced clean tasting pinot. light smell. had with steamed salmon, nice complement (1777 views)|
| ||Tasted by bunkie on 6/15/2012 & rated 88 points: A nice light Pinot. Decanted for about 30 minutes before drinking. Light in color and mild on the nose. (1824 views)|
| ||Tasted by Americana on 4/1/2012 & rated 82 points: Alarmingly light, even for a pinot. Borderline watery with no real backbone. Got a little better about 1/2 hour in, but very poor quality for the price. (1905 views)|
| ||Tasted by Kiltedtaz on 2/27/2012 & rated 87 points: 12 months in french oak, 30% new oak. Lite smokiness, semi dry has some good fruit flavors. (2000 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rcapria on 1/6/2012 & rated 72 points: Very watery. Fast legs. Light color. Short on fruit up front (1044 views)|
| ||Tasted by tourproto on 1/1/2012 & rated 87 points: Bought this because I found out this was the vineyard that provided the private label Pinot for Bandon Dunes (had a bottle of the 2007).This vintage wasn't nearly as good as the private labeled bottle but still OK. Just your basic inexpensive Oregon Pinot. Very earthy nose, fruit forward on the palette and a medium finish. (1006 views)|
| ||Tasted by email@example.com on 11/10/2011 & rated 84 points: had started to turn (1157 views)|
| ||Tasted by cartime on 5/4/2011 & rated 90 points: Nose of black cherry, ripe raspberry, vanilla, lavender, and iron. Tart cherry, ferric minerals, and dried leaves on the palate. Medium finish. Not as ripe as the 2008, with some more earthy minerality. Has a bit more flavor and grip and will almost certainly be the better vintage between the two to cellar for a few years. (1360 views)|
| ||Tasted by Lara-Bee on 3/14/2011 & rated 90 points: I am horrible at describing tastes and I have never taken any sort of wine course, but I have to say, this is some tasty stuff. It's dry, but not too dry; not too tannin-y; and there's this nice fruity/tarty finish that I really like. We opened this bottle when our 7-month-old woke up crying and refused to go back to sleep, so I could have a glass toake up for the fact that this all happened about 5 minutes after I initially fell asleep. Well, i've now had 3 glasses, the kidlet is back asleep, and I am a happy girl (and I was about to cry when the bear first woke up). So: hooray for King Estate! (1413 views)|
| ||Tasted by metamike345 on 2/11/2011 & rated 85 points: Pretty young, tasting in Feb, 2011. Bright flavors of raspberry. There is a feeling of earthiness in the aftertaste that lingers. Went pretty decently with a mushroom stock-based meal. (1190 views)|
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King Estate winery in Oregon in this 2003 photograph.
Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
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