Oconee Wine Club November 2013
Kings Ridge Pinot Noir 2011 Willamette Valley “Perfect Turkey Wine” $ 18.99
Kings Ridge Wines is owned by Union Wine Company, a partnership created by two veterans of the Oregon wine industry brought together by a personal passion for well valued wine and a joint philosophy that the best wines are a union of gifted winemaking skills and precise farming techniques in the vineyard.
Their flagship Pinot is hard to beat. A combination of rich red fruit flavors with freshness and vibrancy unique to Pinot Noir grapes grown in our beloved Willamette Valley, this wine truly reflects the character of this region.
Tasting Notes: Raspberry, cherry and chocolate
2010 – 91 Points, Best Buy A touch of cinnamon and smoke lead in this compellingly vinous red, with red cherry flavors and an earthy savor in the tannins. It feels dry, structured and elegant, a steal at the price.
– Wine Enthusiast
Kings Ridge Pinot Gris 2012 “Great way to start off the Thanksgiving Day” $ 12.99
Pinot Gris often gets left out in a place where its close cousin, Pinot Noir, gets all the hype. But we think you’ll love this richly textured white, crafted from carefully chosen vineyards in the coolest parts of the Willamette Valley.
Tasting Notes: Peach, melon and pear
Connoisseurs Club November 2013
Talley Vineyards Chardonnay 2011 Arroyo Grande Valley $24.99
Light golden yellow in color, this chardonnay has a vibrant and fresh bouquet of lemon peel and lime zest with subtle creamy aromas. On the palate, this wine has layered flavors of citrus fruits and nuttiness that are balanced by a bright acidity leading into a long, elegant finish. This chardonnay pairs well with delicate white fish and shrimp dishes.
92 Points. Vinous, by Antonio Galloni, July 31, 2013. The 2011 Chardonnay Estate, from Briam Talley’s estate’s vineyards in Arroyo Grande, is supported by gorgeous veins of graphite, crushed rocks and minerals. An intriguing wine, the 2011 stands out for its mineral-drenched energy and length, while more typical varietal fruit notes lie in the background. Layers of fruit continue to build as the broad shoulders fill out in a Chardonnay endowed with tons of personality and pure class. Best of all, the 2011 Chardonnay Estate is a fabulous value.
Talley Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande Valley Retail $ 32.99
On the palate, this medium-bodied wine has a plush mouthfeel with concentrated flavors of red fruit and mineral balanced by a fresh acidity characteristic of the Arroyo Grande Valley.
This pinot noir has an enticing bouquet of raspberry, cherry, rose petal, and cola. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine has a plush mouthfeel with concentrated flavors of red fruit and mineral balanced by a fresh acidity characteristic of the Arroyo Grande Valley. This wine pairs well with roasted lamb and seared duck breast.
93 Points. Vinous, by Antonio Galloni, July 31, 2013. The 2011 Pinot Noir Estate wafts from the glass with exquisite aromatics and weightless, articulate fruit. Bright, nuanced and wonderfully delineated, the 2011 is all about understatement. Clean, saline notes support the bright finish. The partial use of whole clusters works very nicely here. This is a drop-dead gorgeous wine from Brian Talley.