Enjoy two special new releases this holiday season. These brut-style sparkling wines are made in the traditional Méthode Champenoise. Both are from the 2008 vintage and produced in limited quantities.
This sparkling Pinot Gris comes exclusively from organically-grown estate fruit. Its citrusy notes are nicely complimented by toasty vanilla & caramel undertones and a round finish.
$35 bottle / $29.75 Tower Club
$378 case / $357 Tower Club
$45 bottle / $38.25 Tower Club
$486 case / $459 Tower Club
Ground shipping is included when you by case or more. Just add the bottles to your cart.
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Through July 19th, get 6 bottles each Signature Pinot Noir and Acrobat Pinot Gris for $197, including shipping!* Regularly $246 – that’s more than 20% off.
*Ground orders to OR, WA, CA and ID are also eligible for $0 shipping. Distance & weather prevent Ground shipping to other states during the summer – please call us at 800-884-4441, ext. 102 for discounted Express. Valid online only.
It’s that time again. Bud break signals the beginning of the 2012 growing season at King Estate. Tiny buds first started popping up in March, and the vineyard achieved 100% bud break in early May. Last year, bud break wasn’t until mid-May, so Vineyard Manger Meliton Martinez and the vineyard crew are paying special attention to the vulnerable buds to ensure optimal growth. Secondary buds are manually removed to make sure the primary bud (which contains 2-3 grape clusters) receives most of the nutrients and energy, “we have to touch every single bud to remove them,” said Martinez. The process takes about two weeks with 60 people working all day at the task.
2011, though challenging in many ways, appears to be a year of above average-fruit quality. The vines bore a lot of fruit, and with the late season it became worrisome that all the fruit would ripen, so measures needed to be taken. In a late year like 2010 and 2011, we really ride the razor’s edge, waiting with bated breath to see how ripe the fruit can get before the rainy season begins. In an effort to ensure that fruit fully ripens, it is often necessary to cluster thin, dropping clusters of otherwise perfect grapes in order to ensure that fewer clusters fully ripen and develop concentrated flavors. Often cluster thinning enhances the character and concentration of flavors in the remaining grapes since the vines are stressed and have less fruit to focus their energy on. In the end, the harvest at our 470 acre certified organic vineyard at King Estate can be characterized as a year of lower than typical yields but high quality. It is always a difficult decision to drop so much fruit on the ground, and it comes at a great economic expense, but it is also the only decision if you want to improve quality, harvest good fruit, and ultimately make the best wine possible in a challenging year. The goal is to overcome whatever obstacles are presented to make the best wine we can.
Those of you who enjoy our Acrobat Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir won’t be surprised to hear that the June issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine has some hefty value-oriented praise for the wines. Acrobat was recognized as one of 50 Value Brands of the Year and one of only 17 American brands. With over 8,000 U.S. wine brands for their editors to choose from, that’s a big honor.
WHAT: Ready-to-drink Oregon Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from King Estate’s entry-level brand.
STANDOUTS: An exuberant 2009 Oregon Pinot Noir ($18) with juicy red fruit and the stuffing to match, and a bright, succulent ‘09 Pinot Gris ($12) with a lean, refreshing grip.
WHERE: Based in Eugene, with fruit sourced from all of Oregon’s viticultural regions.
WHEN: Open the Pinot Noir with a smoked trout salad; pour the Gris anytime.
Led by King Estate Winery, Oregon makes breakthrough in Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Annual Restaurant Poll:
Each year Wine & Spirits Magazine surveys sommeliers and beverage managers at America’s top Zagat-rated restaurants. The survey asks them to examine 4th quarter sales and list their best selling overall brands and products by category. The survey shows the top performing brands in America’s top restaurants, a key slice of data that reveals much about the strength of a brand in one of the most competitive environments for wine sales.
Last year Oregon set a new record for the state with three wineries in the Top 50 Brands and this year did one better with a total of four. Those wineries are:
12. King Estate
32. Elk Cove
43. Domaine Drouhin
The King Estate Crab Fest has become a very popular tradition at our winery in Eugene, Oregon. Held annually in late January at the height of Oregon’s Dungeness Crab season, the event showcases our Oregon Pinot Gris alongside succulent steamed crab. The all you can eat buffet features crab with all kinds of side dishes and an array of flavored butters and aiolis. We serve several different bottlings of Pinot Gris and an amazing selection of desserts from our estate bakery. This year the popularity of our event reached new heights as we hosted nearly 600 guests across 7 seatings.