Don't let the name fool you. This is no mystery movie by Alfred Hitchcock. There is a bit of suspense, though. You see, the grapes come from Washington, but the winery is actually King Estate in Oregon.
King Estate was founded in 1991. From the very beginning, the enterprise was as fascinating and enigmatic as Ed King, Jr., its founder. Ed was the owner of a radio company that developed a microprocessor tuning system that revolutionized the communications industry. It was adopted by the FBI and armed services and is still in use today.
Ed "retired" to Oregon for what seemed like a minute and a half before planning King Estate with his son, Ed King, III. He did everything differently, but effectively. First, he hooked the media by contacting them three years before his first release. While he was building his winery and planting his vineyard, he asked wine experts if they would provide feedback for his early bottlings from vineyards he sourced around the Willamette Valley. I was one of them.
At first I thought it was a gimmick, but soon realized this guy was serious. He now has one of the most impressive estates in the hemisphere, using every bio-technique available to produce incredible wines.
This Chardonnay comes from across the border in the Columbia Valley and is a textbook classic, offering apple, pear and vanilla scents with a lovely citrus finish.
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