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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 19 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2007 vintage.)
ProducerKing Estate (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationSignature Collection
UPC Code(s)768675960226

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2012 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.2 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 24 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Jshire on 1/1/2015 & rated 92 points: This wine is at its peak. Was very enjoyable with a lot of fruit (cherry, plums, berry) in the front but with a pleasant mineral finish. Great with a Manchego Cheese and a Chicken Marbella. (293 views)
 Tasted by TexasBob on 5/6/2010 & rated 90 points: Light red color. Pure raspberry on the nose. Notes of Raspberry and spices with a dollop of vanilla and a crisp 20 second finish that reflects all of this. Light-bodied. Excellent. (1517 views)
 Tasted by msilver on 12/31/2009 & rated 89 points: Very nice, opened up after one hour. Great with a roasted chicken with mushrooms. (1687 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/30/2009 & rated 88 points: Medium bodied with strawberry flavors. Opened up nicely a little tart at first. (1914 views)
 Tasted by martcouz on 4/25/2009 & rated 90 points: Solide Pinot! Très beau nez complexe et épicé. En bouche, c'est l'explosion. La cerise et les épices dominent. (1914 views)
 Tasted by pedwards on 4/6/2009 & rated 87 points: A little tight a first...after decanting for two hours the wine aromatically opened up with red fruit. On the palate rather silky with a good balance of acidity and tannins. Very soft mouthfeel, good finish but lacking in the midpalate. Nice wine but nothing special. (1989 views)
 Tasted by Cellar_Fiend on 3/27/2009 & rated 92 points: Listen to my voice - Decant for 2 hrs before trying!!! From 375ml, I drank the better part of this bottle thinking a solid 88pts. 2 Hrs later this is an easy (phone sex easy) 92 pts. Delicious, i'll save the descriptives for your own tasting. Seek this out! it is delicious after a two hour decant. I will buy all I can. (1529 views)
 Tasted by Wink on 2/13/2009 flawed bottle: Badly corked (1384 views)
 Tasted by snaff on 12/24/2008 & rated 86 points: Good, with fragrant red fruit and a soft finish. It's lacking any earth or sophistication that mark a better Pinot. (1636 views)
 Tasted by LVwino on 11/9/2008 & rated 86 points: nice bright ruby, w/ a touch of garnet. fruit forward nose of cherry, raspberry, mocha, and menthol. a structured well ballanced palate w/ sour cherry, nutmeg ,earth, and licorice. good solid finish but a little bitter on the back end. could use a little more aging to smooth out the tightness (1686 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/4/2008 & rated 88 points: Paired very well with salmon. Medium bodied, cherry and earthy flavors. Enjoyed by everyone. (1528 views)
 Tasted by WineontheBarrelhead on 9/4/2008 & rated 85 points: Light floral nose followed by flavors of fresh red fruit - cherries and raspberries mostly - and a dusty herbal finish. Mid-weight and simple, but quite pleasant. There's no complexity here; the acids don't give enough of that extra-dimensional "kick" that a good pinot should have. It's a good warm weather red, though...just beware of pairing it with heavily seasoned or spicy dishes. It might not hold up. (1596 views)
 Tasted by Magnum Jim on 8/17/2008 & rated 88 points: Yep, last bottle was definitely corked. This is more like it - cherries and pine needles, medium weight and a decent length finish. (1682 views)
 Tasted by djimpens on 8/16/2008 & rated 86 points: This was very good - but not outstanding. Very drinkable now. Had w/ salmon and dill with asparagus. Complemented well. Nose is a lot bigger than in the mouth. Upon smelling, we were worried this would overpower the fish, but it didn't - thankfully. (1686 views)
 Tasted by hilldj on 6/24/2008 & rated 89 points: Subtle nose. Good fruit, with a complex and dry, tobacco finish. Went remarkably well with Salmon. For a new world Pinot, somewhere in between a powerful Willamette Valley pinot, and a subtle Russian River pinot. We paid about $17 - a price at which I'll be buying a few cases! (1693 views)
 Tasted by Magnum Jim on 5/9/2008: I greatly enjoyed the 2005 but this bottle did not live up to expectations. Some simple red fruit on the nose but overshadowed by strong marmite odors. On the palate only a tiny amount of fruit, with some astringency and overall harsh bitterness. A fair amount of alcoholic heat too. Vacu-sealed overnight. On Day 2 the heat had dissipated and there was more mellow generic fruit but still none of the nuances of the '05. Potentially corked so I'll withhold a score until I try another bottle. (1823 views)
 Tasted by BailliSacks on 4/13/2008 & rated 88 points: Nice. Fruit in nose, fairly complex palate and finish. Lighter and drier than a Cali pinot, maybe closer to a Marsannay or other good mid-level Burg, perhaps a bit simpler. Rather a bargain. (1831 views)
 Tasted by OTTnMIA on 3/31/2008 & rated 88 points: Big pinot. Liked it, didn't love it. Was not able to decant it where we were however, probably would have benefitted from that. (1868 views)
 Tasted by shirazgirl on 3/8/2008: tasted towards the end of the night, I think I liked it since I scribbled it down. (2207 views)
 Tasted by DrCass on 1/25/2008 & rated 93 points: What a wonderful gift! This wine has low acidity, medium tannins, oak, medium-heavy body and alcohol, and high complexity. The was just a touch on the sweet side with great overall balance. Anca and I enjoyed this wine with Pizza and a movie. As the wine sat, it revealed many satisfying flavor - vanilla, cherry, carmalized sugar, nuts, coffee. Overall very smooth and clean tasting. The finish lingered with strong butter/cream, leaving a full feeling on the palate. The nose was a bit medicinal with an earthy aroma that we could not pinpoint. (2088 views)

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By Gregory Walter
PinotReport, Issue #53 (9/1/2008)
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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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