Review: 2009 Acrobat Wines

For most Northwest wine lovers, the great state of Oregon produces some of their favorite Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines and there’s no mystery as to why. Oregon is a world class producer of both of these varietals and has done a stellar job with them so far.

King Estate has a label called Acrobat that helps them meet a lower price-point – which in this economy, is a good thing.

2009 Acrobat Pinot Gris – W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data:

  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • TA: 0.57 g/100ml
  • pH: 3.28
  • Residual sugar: .54%
  • Production: 30,000 cases
  • Fermentation: 100% stainless
  • Aging: 100% sur lie for three months
  • Price: $11.99

Nose: Green apple, lemon zest, spice with kiwi, honeydew melon and mango.

Taste: Definitely get a nice combination of green apples that have been hit with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice. Get some very nice pear, kiwi and baking spice notes coming through on the finish. Good mouthfeel and overall acidity make this a very nice drinker.

2009 Acrobat Pinot Noir – W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data:

  • Alcohol: 13.0%
  • TA: 0.545g/100ml
  • pH: 3.56
  • Production: 18,000 cases
  • Fermentation: 100% Stainless – punched down 2-3 times per day
  • Aging: 6 months on French Oak – 15% new, 21% one year, 30% 2 year and 34% 3 year.
  • Price: $18

Nose: Dried cranberries, cherry-sauce, white pepper, star wars action figure, rhubarb and white peppercorns.

Taste: I definitely get the peppered cranberry action coming through right off the bat. Bright acids and young tannins do bring a bit of the “pucker-action” that I’m sure many folks won’t like, however, to me – it makes this a very food-friendly wine. While it is showing rather young right now it is still in many ways quite approachable. A good effort and one that I’d like to taste with another year or so in the bottle.

On the web: http://www.kingestate.com/wine/#acrobat