Our Domaine Pinot Noir is our finest red wine made from our best estate fruit. We vinify each organically farmed estate lot separately and then our winemakers arduously evaluate them lot by lot, and select the handful that will make about 1,000 cases of wine for the vintage.
Some wine lovers live by scores alone, some don’t have much regard for them at all, but most agree, when all the critics see it the same way, it says something undeniable about the wine – that it probably tastes pretty good.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 Wines of 2010 has just been published, and for the second consecutive year, Jon Bonné and the Chronicle, have selected our Signature Pinot Gris as one of their Top 100 Wines of the Year.
The December issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine just hit newsstands and we have three 90+ point scores listed for Signature and Acrobat Pinot Gris, and Domaine Pinot Noir. Earlier this year Wine & Spirits also named us one of the 2010 Wineries of the Year, and on another occassion selected us as one of the 2010 Top Value Brands.
Wine Enthusiast’s annual list of the 100 best value-priced wines of the year included only two Oregon wines, and only one of them was a Pinot Gris, the 2009 Acrobat Pinot Gris by King Estate.
This is the second year in the life of Acrobat, the brand we introduced last year with the 2008 vintage. Acrobat showcases Oregon’s preeminent varietals, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The inaugural release was extremely well received, earning 89 points or better from all of the major publications, and heralded for its unprecedented value by the press and trade. Much more importantly, you, our wine-loving friends, gave us great feedback about the wines and we flew through the first vintage. We set out to deliver affordable wines of quality, and the response we got from the public indicated that we hit the nail on the head.
The first round of judging began at the end of March with 163 wines, and over 1,800 oysters. Over 6 days, 5 judges completed two rounds of judging, and the first phase of the Oyster Wine Competition was complete. The contenders were narrowed down to 20 wines, and King Estate had 2 wines out of the remaining 20, 2008 Acrobat Pinot Gris and 2008 Signature Pinot Gris. The wines were then prepared for the final round of tasting, a grand affair which takes place over 3 days (April 20th-22nd) and across 3 different cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle). The judges consisted of some of the foremost experts in the world of wine & oysters, ranging from sommeliers to wine writers and beyond.
In the April issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine, the results of the 21st Annual Restaurant Poll were announced. The poll represents the best selling wines in America’s top Zagat rated restaurants.