Review: Wines of Amazon’s Next, 2017 Releases

Review: Wines of Amazon’s Next, 2017 Releases

If you know Oregon wine, you probably know King Estate, which has been producing quality (but not outrageously-priced) wine since 1991. Now the King family has launched a new brand: Next, “the first wine ever developed from conception to release with Amazon Wine.” (Four more new labels are also in the works.)

So, don’t call it a second label, I guess, but let’s dig into the three initial wines — all available on Amazon! — and see how they fare.

2016 Next Pinot Gris Willamette Valley – This is a fresh expression of Willamette pinot gris, lightly floral with modest tropical notes, the pineapple and mango leading the way to a brightly acidic core that’s studded with touches of cinnamon and a finish that’s crisp, clean, and aromatic. Really quite lovely. A- / $20  [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]

2015 Next Pinot Noir Oregon – The generalist “Oregon” AVA sounds suspect, but Next turns in a respectable little pinot with this bottling, loaded up with well-rounded notes of roasted meats, menthol, and an ample, if lightly oxidized-tasting, note of blackberries layered with spice. B+ / $40  [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]

2014 Next Red Blend Columbia Valley – A Washington blend, 39% Syrah, 38% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon. A bolder wine, but well-balanced with notes of clove, sweet plum, currants, and a dense but fruit-filled finish. B+ / $30  [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]

Update 2017: Amazon recently shuttered its wine program, and these wines are no longer on the market.

2016 Next Pinot Gris Willamette Valley




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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