Mar 11, 2012

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King Estate Domaine Pinot Noir ’09

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I’ve been meaning to write about this wine since I attended the winter release party at King Estate a couple weeks ago, so I’m finally putting pen and paper fingers and keys together to share how incredibly delicious this wine was.

King Estate 2009 Domaine Pinot Noir: Deep garnet red in color, this Pinot Noir had that familiar cranberry aroma that I’ve found in many other ’09 Pinot Noirs from the Willamette Valley, along with hints of cherry and cinnamon. On the palate, strawberry and cherry flavors dominated hints of earth, cedar and vanilla with a lush mouthfeel and lingering finish. It was outstanding, and I can’t even describe how excited I was when I saw that, as a wine club member, a magnum of this fine wine was what I was taking home with me that evening.

Housed in a box with the King Estate Domaine Pinot Noir story illustrated on the front, inside next to the magnum bottle was a double hinged waiters corkscrew, as if they had somehow known I had misplaced my beloved corkscrew just days before. If you aren’t familiar with the double hinge waiter style corkscrew, I highly suggest you buy one. Once you use one, you’ll never go back to any fancy Rabbit, electric push-button or screw pull. They’re small, light, easy to use and fail proof; in fact, they’re great to travel with as they’ll easily fit into any pocket or purse.

I didn’t use my new corkscrew on the magnum, just yet. It’s cellar worthy for sure, and it’s not everyday that a magnum of fine King Estate wine will be gracing the shelves of my small wine cellar.

The 2009 Domaine Pinot Noir hasn’t yet been released to the public, but when that happens, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be sitting patio side at King Estate enjoying a full glass while looking out over the vineyard and valley.

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