Mar 17, 2012

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King Estate’s The Code: White Blend

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This wine is definitely different for a King Estate wine, but that doesn’t mean the qualities I’ve come to expect from King Estate aren’t showcased as usual.

I sampled this wine at the latest wine club member wine tasting and release party, and I knew it was different from my first glance of the bottle. The label consisted simply of a larger than usual QR code (quick response code) and the words, ‘The Code: White Blend.”

The Code: White Blend was an experiment where several different varietals from several different regions were blended to produce a wine that King Estate refers to as, “varietal and geographic mix-ology.”

The winemaker blended a Washington Riesling with an Oregon Chardonnay and Viognier along with little bits of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Muscat. The result is a wine with sweet honey and vanilla aromas that lead into flavors that are surprisingly drier than expected. With the sweet aromas, I thought it was going to taste similar to a Muscat or sweet Riesling, but it was actually very citrusy with a level of acidity that gave it a well rounded and palatable profile. It was quite refreshing and vibrant, and would be great on a hot summer day.

Apparently this one was an exclusive release to wine club members, so your chance of sampling this tasty white blend is slim –  unless you’re a wine club member or know someone who is.

By the way, the QR code on The Code: White Blend is not just for looks, it’s fully functional.

We also sampled the 2010 Signature Viognier and the NxNW 2009 Merlot. It’s true, being a Tower Club member at King Estate has its perks-simply read my review on the 2009 King Estate Domaine Pinot Noir that we received in our wine club box during this tasting – it’s a Magnum.

 

 

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  • scottegan

    Have a GOOD friend who is a KE wine club member, and we drank 2 bottles of The Code with all the mixed seafood salads we had today(it was the Saturday Brunch Bunch’s “Celebrate Spring” get together)…loved the dry and citrusy feel of this one…along with the Austrian Gruners, Missouri Vignoles, and Krug, been a good day so far…

    • juliac

      Fantastic! So glad you had a chance to try KE’s The Code!!!

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