James Suckling, 93 points
“This is a toned and phenolic pinot with dried strawberry, chocolate and tile character. Earthy. Full-bodied, yet bright and vivid. Punchy and refined at the same time. Plenty going on at the finish. A new wine. Drink now or hold.”
Jeb Dunnuck, 91 points
“A new project by the team at K Vintners being headed up by Charles Smith and Brennon Leighton, Golden West will focus on Pinot Noir from cooler climate, higher elevation sites in the Columbia Valley. The 2018 is the first release and it’s a great bottle of wine that sells for a song. Coming from a mix of clones (777, 115, 2A, and Pommard) vines planted in 2014-2015, the 2018 Pinot Noir was 70% destemmed and spent a full 41 days on skins before spending a year in 15% new French oak. Classic Pinot Noir notes of black cherries, forest floor, autumn leaves, and spice all flow to a beautifully textured, medium-bodied, seamless wine that has present tannins, outstanding balance, and a great finish. It's easily the best Pinot Noir I've tasted from Washington State. Talk about value.”
Normally $25! How do we do it? From the legendary team at K Vintners comes this ultra-bargain...wish we had more! Hurry!
“It's easily the best Pinot Noir I've tasted from Washington State. Talk about value.” - Jeb Dunnuck
Ever had the bevy of 95-100 point wines that Charles Smith has made over his vast career? Us either, they’re too pricey! BUT...that’s exactly what this project is all about - AFFORDABLE, top-quality wines to rival the best in the world. Now, $25 for 93pt., single vineyard, organically farmed pinot noir is unheard of, but at $15?! Case me!!
To quote Charles Smith: "Golden West is rooted in completing the story of Washington State. There is plenty of high-end Pinot Noir in the market and not enough at a really good price that nearly everyone can afford. Golden West fulfills THE PROMISE of what we set out to do: to bring really great wine to a lot more people."
Charles Smith can seemingly do no wrong, coaxing the some of the most exciting wines Washington State has to offer. When we heard he had gone all-in on a pinot noir project, we new we had to get our hands on some. It does not disappoint!
While it lasts...!