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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 4 
ProducerKing Estate (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationWillamette Valley
UPC Code(s)768675977224

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2014 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.2 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 28 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by studleytrey on 10/15/2014 & rated 90 points: Transparent crimson with light bricking at the edges. Primarily aromas of asphalt and earth, with a bit of dark red fruit and flower underneath. Light to medium body with medium acid and finish, smooth tannin, and red fruit, cola, orange peel, and spice on the palate. Nice pinot in a lighter style. (687 views)
 Tasted by WhannaBGV on 1/13/2014 & rated 87 points: Pale brick in color. Moderate aroma intensity, slightly earthy with a little barnyard. Medium body, good acidity and low tannin level. Low cherry flavor intensity and a medium finish. Overall muted, waited too long on this one. (1233 views)
 Tasted by dfkcvino on 11/28/2013 & rated 85 points: Flattening out but tart cherry, spice and earth (1252 views)
 Tasted by GA_Seattle on 8/4/2013 & rated 84 points: Very faded, just a glimpse of fruit - definitely over the hill at this point. (1496 views)
 Tasted by gcarl on 10/13/2012 & rated 90 points: Nice, but a bit too new world for me to seek more. Heavy on the fruit nose, nice on the palate, enjoyed by others at blind tasting. (2006 views)
 Tasted by gquigs on 9/15/2012 & rated 91 points: Really enjoyed this, nice red fruit, good acidity, great oregon pinot (1532 views)
 Tasted by wadesh on 8/23/2012 & rated 88 points: I may have let this go in the cellar too long. I wasn't feeling it as much as some of the previous bottles I drank over the last few years. If you still have this might want to get to it soon. (1159 views)
 Tasted by corkscrews on 5/9/2012 & rated 91 points: A nose of dark fruits and spice, dark amber in color, very dark for a Pinot. A full bodied Pinot, with blackberry, plums, raspberry, with white pepper spice, some tobacco flavors, very well made. (1222 views)
 Tasted by NJ BIG CHRIS on 11/19/2011 & rated 91 points: Excellent blend of fruit, herbs, earth. (1536 views)
 Tasted by broughstyle on 10/6/2011 & rated 92 points: Big boy fruit bomb Pinot. Classic Oregon pinot head and shoulders above the rest (1233 views)
 Tasted by dfkcvino on 5/13/2011 & rated 92 points: Typical Oregon Pinot Noir is not my style but this is above the pack. Definitely richer and fuller bodied, rasberry, cola, spice, light tannins and just enough acidity. Slightly jammy but still a winner. (1657 views)
 Tasted by dfkcvino on 3/23/2011 & rated 91 points: Great example of an exceptional Oregon Pinot. More tart berry fruits along with cola and pomegranate for me. Rose petal, light tannins, a hint of spice and definitely a side of herbal and smoke to it. Multi-dimensional and full throttle which makes it fun. (1805 views)
 Tasted by Alfaro on 3/20/2011 & rated 93 points: Outstanding (1802 views)
 Tasted by DRod on 2/7/2011 & rated 90 points: From memory. Big mix of blueberry and raspberry on the nose. Transfers onto the palate with good balance of fruit, medium tannin and acid. Very pleasurable wine. For my palate right around 89-90 points. (2070 views)
 Tasted by oog on 1/13/2011 & rated 89 points: Nose: Red fruit, flowers. Taste: Big red fruit on the approach, strawberries and raspberries. A hint of cola on the finish, which is quite long and nice. OK, but not amazing acidity. Flavors are very strong, this is not mild mannered... but it's also not terribly complex. A crowd pleaser. (2225 views)
 Tasted by Varus on 1/7/2011 & rated 91 points: Big, rich Pinot. Looking forward to day two. Very pure aromatics. (2254 views)
 Tasted by slippytoad on 12/20/2010 & rated 91 points: Nice level of acidity. Not too fruit forward like most calis (2428 views)
 Tasted by Yiannis on 7/20/2010 & rated 93 points: Fantastic pinot. Everybody loved it though many guessed New Zealand. Fairly dark ruby. Lovely raspberry, strawberry, spices, herbs and violets. Mid-bodied with vibrant fruit, freshness soft tanins and balancing acidity. Long finish. I have limited experience with Oregon Pinot Noirs since very few are available in Europe, but the few samples I had have shown me that it is worth seeking some more of them. (3117 views)
 Tasted by ngtivspace on 2/26/2010: Bright red cherry and strawberry pop right off the top (underscored by a hint of brine), riding a tangy, springy wave of acidity. Black pepper, oak, and pleasing tannins peek through mid-palate. Pleasant, subtle florals on the finish. (203 views)
 Tasted by hutch on 4/8/2009 & rated 89 points: Wine Marketing Tasting (Newport): Rich and silky. Great, clean nose. Very good, but the price. Oh my! 88-89 (3607 views)
 Tasted by duck833 on 12/31/2008 & rated 91 points: Had this with New Years Eve dinner at the Country Club. I also had it at the winery in October at a dinner. Nice fruit, very approachable now, good right from bottle without decanting, tastes of cherries, berries, good drinker right now. A step above the King Estate Signature PN. (3253 views)
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Pinot Noir

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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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