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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 8 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2004 vintage.)
ProducerKing Estate (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
DesignationSignature Collection
UPC Code(s)768675960226

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2010 (based on 6 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.6 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 24 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by JuliannaD on 3/30/2015 & rated 87 points: Surprise, surprise! This wine is still good. It has faded some but there was still plenty of fruit flavor and body to this. I might have to look up some newer vintages of this wine. (108 views)
 Tasted by pape du neuf on 5/13/2013 flawed bottle: Interesting to see all the old notes, because this wine gave me the impression of still needing more time. There is a slight edge of tannins and greeness covering fruit that ranges from a tart cranberry to a deep plum.
Unfortunately, the bottle I opened had a barely detectable moldy cardboard component that indicated TCA. Letting it sit for a day brought it out a bit more. Borderline, still enough that I opened something else to drink instead. Unrated accordingly. (683 views)
 Tasted by rhodyjoe on 7/20/2010 & rated 89 points: Much nice than the last bottle of the same... maybe it was the added time in the bottle. Noticeable alcohol on the nose when first opened, but burned off after less than an hour in the decanter. Crisp acidity and ideal Pinot body in my opinion. Went very nicely with homemade crab cakes and asparagus. A nice effort for an on sale $20 Oregon Pinot, but probably wouldn't pay more. (1452 views)
 Tasted by tfesmgk on 7/19/2010 & rated 90 points: This was a very good Oregon pinot. Maybe it was the extra age but it was very balanced, good nose and drank well for a couple days. Pleasant surprise compared to the higher priced alternatives. (1365 views)
 Tasted by jmull on 11/27/2008 & rated 87 points: Very nice, typical example of Oregon PN. Quite concentrated with cherry cola, and vanilla notes, with a subtle touch of funk that's there but quite dialed down. Broad and mouthcoating. Very modern. Nice, but not distinctive in any way. 87. (1683 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/24/2008 & rated 87 points: not very memorable. 87-88pts. good, but not very good. (1826 views)
 Tasted by philhh on 4/23/2008 & rated 89 points: A simple Pinot with Black Cherry, Blackberry, leather, tobacco, and a hint of earth and black pepper. Pleasant but not memorable. I probably wouldn't purchase it again, but wouldn't hesitate to order it by the glass. (1452 views)
 Tasted by MPF on 3/3/2008 & rated 85 points: Perfectly drinkable every day Pinot. Nothing special (1415 views)
 Tasted by Winetex on 10/2/2007 & rated 87 points: Nice aromatics, spice, leather and earth flavors. Sour cherry finish with more earthiness. It was lighter in weight. Good with the food until about 45 minutes after opening and then it fell apart into some sourness. [$$ ??; Decanted 20 minutes] (1888 views)
 Tasted by vanpe003 on 9/28/2007 & rated 88 points: Enoyable btl, with middle-of-the-road aromatics, sour cherry on the palate backed by moderate acidity. Not my favorite at this point, but perfectly drinkable. Perhaps this will continue to evolve / improve with some bottle age. (1666 views)
 Tasted by cgatesman on 8/20/2007 & rated 90 points: Earth and vegetable nose. Berries and black cherries on the mid-pallet with a dry light pepper finish. Shared a half bottle with my fiancee at a restaurant in Newport, RI. I had it with clam chowder and a tasty burger! (1753 views)
 Tasted by Magnum Jim on 5/22/2007 & rated 90 points: I found this bottle to be a little more earthy and a little less fruity than the previous bottle. I didn't notice the leather this time around, but the earthiness found its way into the palate a bit more than I remembered. The flavours seemed a little more muted than in the first bottle, but still very good value for money. (1950 views)
 Tasted by jockschafer on 5/18/2007 & rated 89 points: A very enjoyable wine. Very clear, almost purple of medium color. Tasted of raspberry, black cherry, a bit even of apple, and tobacco and if I could stretch it, tree-bark. The acidity was low, the tannins very smooth and the fairly powerful flavor stayed on the palate--particularly the upper!--for quite a long finish. Thought the wine was fairly complex and really liked it a lot. (1869 views)
 Tasted by Magnum Jim on 3/16/2007 & rated 91 points: Heavy initial fruit nose gave way to pleasant earth and chocolate aromas. Palate was primarily cherry with red berries and a hint of leather. We tasted this wine alongside several burgundies (all of which were more expensive) and this wine was the hit of the night. I would definitely buy more. (2067 views)
 Tasted by JeffnCin on 2/21/2007: A nose that includes chocolate, vanilla & caramel, there's also a 'baked' note to it, maybe like chocolate chip cookies. It started out as a light flavor that goes after the back of the palate but after decanting over a couple hours, it fills out to a more full flavor.

On our 4 point scale, this is probably a 2.5, where 2 = "Would drink it if put in front of me, but won't go out of my way" and 3 = "Will definitely get again". It's a good wine, but not a great wine. (2142 views)
 Tasted by AtlantaBill on 2/16/2007 & rated 84 points: Gamey aroma of mushroom and blackberry. Taste of black cherry and tobacco. Almost Kookade like flavor. Soft tannins. Pleasant. (2078 views)
 Tasted by zoulodi on 10/4/2006 & rated 89 points: Heavy initial fruit nose gave way to pleasant earth and chocolate aromas. Palate was primarily cherry with red berries and a hint of leather. (482 views)

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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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