Kings Ridge is one of a handful of volume producers offering soundly made Oregon Pinot Noir below $20. This fine effort mixes spicy red fruits, suggestions of root beer and black cherry cola, and lightly herbal tannins, but does not load in the sweet vanilla flavors that are often used to mask off-flavors. Quite dry, balanced and clean, it's a fine go-to everyday domestic Pinot.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.