Pinot Noir
King Family Vineyard, 2016

$ 48.00

Planted in 1998 to the east of the Laguna de Santa Rosa on huichica soil, this vineyard consistently produces rich, dark–fruited Pinot Noirs. Owners Ben and Carla King see to it that it is farmed with a high degree of attention to detail, a necessary ingredient in successful Pinot Noir production. This wine should age and develop beautifully in bottle for five to eight years after the vintage.

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Winemaker's Notes

This is the only Pinot Noir vineyard I work with that is not on Goldridge soils. Huichica soils located in what is called the Santa Rosa Plain of Russian River Valley AVA give wines that are anything but ‘plain.’ I think the old-school viticulture (Pommard clone, rootstock, spacing) is perfectly suited to this area where slightly later ripening are appropriate.

Savory, perfumed and earthy all at the same time, this is a fine example of good choices made in the vineyard years ago when it was planted. It is a perfect study in site personality and a lovely counterpoint to our other bottlings. Maraschino cherry, Panforte, baking spices, Gevrey-like earthiness are echoed on the palate which has refreshingly crisp acidity on the finish.






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  1. Judi Scherrer

    VinouseApril 2020
    The 2016 Pinot Noir King Vineyard is one of the most enjoyable wines in this lineup for drinking now. Sweet tobacco, dried flowers, mint, dried cherry, licorice and cedar are all signatures of a wine that is heading towards maturity, and yet there is more than enough fruit to keep things interesting for at least another handful of years. 92 points. Antonio Galloni

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