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.
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.
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!