King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Gris 2008
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Oregon
#77 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
Appearance: Golden straw with brilliant luminosity.
Aroma: Fresh pear, peach blossom, lime, grapefruit, and floral notes.
Flavor: Lively citrus, peach, tropical fruit, mineral, and honey.
Mouthfeel: Crisp entry, nice texture, long finish.
Wine Spectator - "Bright and lively, brimming with lemon meringue, golden raisin and green tea character. Finishes with zip. Drink now."
Wine & Spirits - "King Estate's 2008 Signature is slightly richer than past vintages, with a peachlike scent that gives way to weighty pear and white peach flavors. It has a satisfying fullness and the palate weight for pork loin."
King Estate Winery
King Estate is a sustainably-farmed 1033-acre certified organic vineyard complex and state of the art winery situated atop the rolling slopes in the Coast Range foothills, near the southern end of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to world-class vineyards, their estate is home to organic orchards, vegetable gardens, and a host of native wildlife; including cougar and black bear. Organically-farmed and managed as a fully-integrated ecosystem, King Estate is also home to an innovative culinary program whose focus is the synergy of local, organically produced food and wine created just outside the winery doors. King Estate's critically-acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are available through fine restaurants and retailers around the world. View all King Estate Wines
About Other OregonView a map of Other Oregon wineries
Like many other states, Oregon itself is an AVA of note. An Oregon wine can simply state "Oregon" as its place of origin, which typically means the grapes came from multiple smaller AVAs within the state.
Beyond the main AVAs of Oregon, like Willamette Valley, Rogue and Umpqua, smaller regions are gaining ground. Some you may see on the label include:
Walla Walla Valley AVA– these are most often associated with Washington State, but technically they run over the state lines into Oregon. Most wineries only use a small fraction of grapes from the Oregon side in order to maintain a Washington State wine, but you may see some Oregon producers sourcing grapes from those small overlapping AVAs.
Southern Oregon AVA– encompassing the Rogue and Umpqua Valleys, this AVA is a large area where many producers are experimenting with Syrah.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33.1 out of 5 stars
3 ratings, 2 with reviewsIB - San Diego, CA110/7/2011Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA49/29/2010We had an Indian Summer day last week in New England - brought out a chilled bottle of King Estate - perfect - dry - with a great finish - wonderful mouth feel - I'm a new found fan of the Oregon Pino Gris!gerald miller - Murrysville, PA43/4/2010This was considered very good by 4 people in a home wine tasting but not necessarily better than our memories of the King Estate Pinot Gris. Everyone likes both.