One of the great strengths of the Oregon wine scene is that its founders came from all points of the globe from all types of backgrounds.
A case in point is Ed King, Jr, the founder of King Estate in 1991, along with his son. Ed started life on a Dust Bowl-era wheat farm in Kansas. He put himself through engineering school. By 1948, he had started a small company manufacturing aviation components. He sold off his company by 1984 and started looking around for his next project. That next project was becoming a winemaker in Oregon long before doing so became trendy. Ed embodied that archetype of a self-made American, and I’ll always love him for it. A delightful man to the end, he passed away in 2012.
There are dangerously few good Pinot Noirs from Oregon that cost less than $25. This is one of them: Forest floor and bright red fruits on the nose with a hint of toasted anise and orange zest. Light to the point of being ethereal, this bottle offers up varietal and regional correctness without any flash.