Two recent offerings from Oregon radio pioneers-turned-wine-impresarios, the King Family.
2021 King Estate Sauvignon Blanc – Bright notes of melon and lemon are dominant throughout. Light lime and a touch of spice show up on the palate, along with some very light minerality. The acidity on the finish dominates the discussion and mutes the more enjoyable aspects of this wine. However, with a smart dinner pairing or hors d’oeuvres, this would shine impressively and should be an immediate party pleaser. A- / $20
2021 King Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley – Big and earthy, with notes of dark cherry, clove, and Ceylon black tea on the nose. Things settle on the palate with the red fruit influence of strawberry and dark cherry pushing forward, with a slight touch of rose petal offering some nuance. A solid profile of pinot noir with light tannins and a decent amount of acidity offering plenty of action throughout. B+ / $30 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]