2010 King Estate Pinot Gris Signature Collection

2011 Bedrock Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc Kick Ranch

2008 New Harbor Pinot Noir



2010 King Estate Pinot Gris Signature Collection – $12.82

The King Estate Pinot Gris is a warm weather favorite in our house.  This wine usually has enough richness to sip on its own on a warm day but also has enough acidity to easily stand up to some of the lighter fare we eat on a warm Summer evening.  With production in the neighborhood of 100,000 cases, this wine can be found just about everywhere.  If you’ve never tried this wine, give it a shot, you’ll be happy you did.


My Tasting Note

The wine is a light, golden straw color with a slight greenish tint. The fresh and inviting nose has apples, minerals, citrus zest, pears, white peaches, and orange blossoms. This has light to medium body and crisp acidity. On the palate this is like apples and pears tossed with citrus zest with some minerals sprinkled on top. The mouthwatering finish has good length and closes with a nice spritz of lime and minerals.  (89 pts)

2010 King Estate Pinot Gris Signature Collection




2011 Bedrock Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc Kick Ranch – $22.00

I joined the Bedrock mailing list a few years ago to get access to the red wines they were producing.  Even though I really like those reds, I love their white wines.  In my opinion, Morgan Twain-Peterson is currently producing some of the best white wines coming out of California and selling them at killer prices.


My Tasting Note

The wine is a bright straw color with glints of green and gold. The nose is a fresh and refreshing, full of apples, white peaches, stony minerals, citrus zest, eucalyptus, fresh cut grass, with a nice floral note. This is light to medium body with crisp, citrusy, acidity. This is bright and very lively with the fruit, citrus, and herbal notes taking turns enticing the palate. The finish is fairly long with the eucalyptus making an appearance to lend a savory element to the fruit and citrus. This is in a real nice place right now, but should hold for another year, maybe longer.  (92 pts)

2011 Bedrock Wine Co Sauvignon Blanc Kick Ranch




2008 New Harbor Pinot Noir – $5.70

It’s another hot and humid day in the upper Midwest.  After a few days of white wines, I was in the mood for a lighter bodied red wine.  I remembered I still had a couple bottles of this wine, and it should be perfect.  In the past this inexpensive gem has been a nice week night Pinot Noir.  We aren’t talking about anything earth moving or monumental, after all, it cost me just a touch over $5.  This is a light bodied, easy drinking, Pinot Noir from New Zealand.  It has a touch of residual sweetness which does nothing more than add a touch of richness on the back end and finish.  The best part is, it works nicely with a slight chill.


My Tasting Note

The wine is a very light ruby red color.  The soft, delicate, and alluring nose has cherries, baking spices, a bit of earthiness, and some plum.  This has light to medium body, soft silky tannins, nice acidity, and a touch of residual sweetness.  On the palate, sweet fruit and spice dominate with just a touch of earthiness coming in on the back end.  The finish is a touch short, but the touch of sweetness adds some nice richness.  This is fairly straight forward, but it still makes a nice week night Pinot Noir for under $6.  This works  nicely with a slight chill, which works out perfectly on a warm day.  (86 pts)

2008 New Harbor Pinot Noir



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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.



Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but my local store is usually VERY competitive.  I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.



All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.