The Mark Wine News Summer '18 Volume 8.3 - Page 13

View of the estate from one of the many beautiful gardens & orchards on the winery definitely stepping up. “We are making upgrades to all of our heating, cooling, filtering and transferring systems,” Johnson adds, “and we are also installing a new basket press for small lot production and a new wine filler to reduce oxygenation.” King Estate Pinot Gris was named America’s #1 Pi not Gris in the Wine & Spirits Restaurant Poll this year. Some of that can definitely be attributed to its location and the ever present significant ingredient-terroir. King Estate is situated on primarily two kinds of soil: Bellpine, a marine sedimentary soil formed when Oregon was under the sea more than 12 million years ago; and Jory, a volcanic soil created from lava flows that also date back millions of years. Both Bellpine and Jory soils provide good drainage with moderate water retention, and are not especially fertile which is exactly what grapevines like. The weather is also an important ingredient. The large daily temperature swings of up to 35 degrees for which western Oregon is known, serve to enhance flavor development in grapes and balance acidity levels. A cool-climate grape, Pinot Noir tends to ripen early and thrives in a shorter growing season like Oregon’s. Also, with elevations ranging from 700 to just over 1,100 feet and varying slope facings, the intense summer heat experienced during the day cools more rapidly at night at higher elevations, allowing grapes to pack in the flavor without losing too much acidity. And that’s exactly what ends up in a bottle of King Estate wine. SUMMER 2018 King Estate’s Oregon Pinot Gris - 92 pts. - Wine Enthusiast 11