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King Estates Backbone Pinot Noir
Fruit for the Backbone wines comes from some of
the finest vineyards in the state. Vineyards that
consistently produce high quality grapes that
warrant their own bottlings as vineyard designates.
Instead of showcasing the terroir of a particular site,
these wines demonstrate that when blended, the
whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.
We are pleased to showcase high quality fruit and to
demonstrate how selection of geographically diverse
lots can produce an excellently balanced wine with
structured acidity and added layers of complexity.
These vineyards are located throughout Oregon,
highly concentrated in the Willamette Valley. Such
geographic diversity affords our winemaking team
unmatched flexibility in crafting fine wines that truly
express the Oregon terroir in any given vintage.
Hailing from Old School, Croft, Jesse Estate,
Roserock, Freedom Hill, and Hyland, the
vintage is a rich, sophisticated wine with layers of
flavors and a velvety texture that carries through the
long, lingering finish. Enjoy now through 2020.
The Process:
The vintage Backbone Pinot Noir was cold
soaked and received daily punch downs while it
fermented in stainless steel, open top tanks. This
wine benefited from 14 months of aging in 80%
new French oak barrels prior to bottling.
Vintage Notes
was a late, cool vintage. Bud break began in
mid-May, several weeks behind the average for this
area. Focus was put on making sure shoots were
positioned to receive maximum sunlight, Pinot Noir
vines were thinned to one cluster per shoot and
Pinot Gris to about 1.5 clusters per shoot. Warmer
temperatures in August helped speed up the ripening process, a cool September
followed during which complex flavors continued to develop. Most of harvest
took place during the last two weeks of October, one of the latest on record for
the area. The low pH and high acid content which resulted from the extended
ripening period, coupled with low alcohol levels, are indicative of terrific aging
potential and a high level of food friendliness.
2011 Backbone Pinot Noir
Varietal: Pinot Noir
AVA: Oregon
Alcohol: 13.5%
King Estate has a superior lot
production program for our Pinot
Noir which allows our winemakers
the ability to ferment and age
individual blocks and vineyards
completely separately until the
final blending. This unique
approach allows certain lots to be
earmarked for special projects,
including our Backbone Pinot
Noir, the backbone of our
Signature Pinot Noir.

Bottle Size: .750


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