Kings Ridge 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $18

By on June 27, 2013

Kings Ridge Pinot NoirRyan Harms founded Union Wine Co., in 2010, and he hired Greg Bauer soon after to take over the winemaking. They’ve recast this former Rex Hill brand and relaunched it as the mid-level tier under the umbrella they’ve created within an industrial park in Tualatin, Ore. Despite a challenging vintage, this falls under the fresh and fruity category, starting in the nose with hints of raspberry, strawberry, cherry and a sprig of mint. On the palate, it shows finesse as raspberry and strawberry flavors return, joined by Hermiston watermelon and tangerine acidity. Those who enjoy a lighter-style Pinot Noir should appreciate this for more than just its price. Don’t bother looking for a tasting room — there is none — yet it is distributed to more than 30 states.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 11,500 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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