Full Review

King Estate

King Estate
2016 Temperance Hill Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .05%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$70

King Estate
2016 Temperance Hill Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .05%
Medium ruby color. Aromas and flavors of baker’s chocolate, cranberry, sautéed mushroom, and dried strawberry with a velvety, lively, dry medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish that shows accents of dried strawberry, cherry, raspberry, and cranberry, baking spice and dry tea leaves, and cocoa nibs with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. Drinking very well now and still showing crunchy red berries but secondary and tertiary flavors are appearing and giving depth.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: baker's chocolate, cranberry, sautéed mushroom, and dried strawberry
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of dried strawberry, cherry, raspberry, and cranberry, baking spice and dry tea leaves, and cocoa nibs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Drinking very well now and still showing crunchy red berries but secondary and tertiary flavors are appearing and giving depth.

The Producer

King Estate Winery

The Producer
80854 Territorial Hwy
Eugene, OR 97405
USA
1 541-942-9874

Their Portfolio

92 Inscription 2021 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
88 Inscription 2022 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
92 King Estate 2021 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $22.00.
94 King Estate 2021 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
92 King Estate 2018 Estate Grown Méthod Champenoise Brut Cuvée, Willamette Valley 12.5% (USA) $40.00.
88 King Estate 2022 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
92 King Estate 2018 Quintessence Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain 14.5% (USA) $60.00.
89 King Estate 2018 Weinbau Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Wahluke Slope 14.5% (USA) $54.00.
93 King Estate 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Oregon 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
92 King Estate 2022 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
86 King Estate 2022 Artisan Series, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
88 King Estate 2021 Estate Grown Domaine, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13% (USA) $28.00.
90 King Estate 2018 Bacchus Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14% (USA) $56.00.
88 King Estate 2017 Bacchus Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $56.00.
94 King Estate 2016 Bradshaw Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 14.1% (USA) $60.00.
92 King Estate 2016 Temperance Hill Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $70.00.
91 King Estate 2018 Weinbau Vineyard, Merlot, Wahluke Slope 15% (USA) $52.00.
88 King Estate 2018 Sonrisa Vineyard, Tempranillo, Columbia Valley 14% (USA) $50.00.
90 King Estate 2019 Quail Run Vineyards and Gold Vineyard White Blend, Rhone White Varietal Blend, Rogue Valley 14% (USA) $28.00.
88 King Estate 2018 Quail Run Vineyards White Blend, Rhone White Varietal Blend, Rogue Valley 14.5% (USA) $28.00.
88 King Estate 2019 Kennel Vineyard, Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 13% (USA) $50.00.
92 King Estate 2019 Four Nobles Cuvee Blanc, Willamette Valley 13% (USA) $30.00.
87 King Estate 2022 Artisan Series, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $29.00.
91 King Estate 2022 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
89 King Estate 2021 Domaine, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.0% (USA) $70.00.
92 King Estate 2022 Domaine, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
88 King Estate 2019 Brut Cuvée, Willamette Valley 12.5% (USA) $40.00.
92 King Estate 2023 Rosé, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
88 Next 2018 Red Blend, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $13.00.
92 North By Northwest 2019 Red Blend, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
92 The Soldier 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $23.00.
88 The Soldier 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $23.00.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.