Scores & Tasting Notes
Vintage leather, cedar, anise and wild strawberry begin this opus of luxuriously perfumed Pinot. The body is layered with pipe tobacco, morels and pie crust that come across the palate pure and full. Focused as it journeys to a seamless, endless crescendo. A work needed to be written. THE NEW CLASSIC. – Winemaker, Charles Smith
93 Points – James Suckling
“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.”
91 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (formerly of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)
“A new project by the team at K Vintners being headed up by Charles Smith, 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.”
Vineyard — Golden West (100%)
100% Pinot Noir, Washington State, 13.5% alcohol
Golden West Vineyard sits on the far western edge of Frenchman Hills and the soon to be appointed AVA Royal Slope, located the 47th parallel overlooking the Columbia River. At an elevation of 1600 feet, Golden West has a temperate microclimate moderated by the Columbia River. The vineyard features similar temperatures and latitude as the great Pinot Noir vineyards of Burgundy. Golden West has always been farmed organically, and the soil composition is similar to Burgundy with ancient limestone and fossilized sea creatures mixed with sand and volcanic rock. We planted this vineyard with a combination of four Pinot Noir clones – 777, 115, 2A and pomard 5, to create a complex and balanced wine.
The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.
The 2018 vintage was incredible! This outstanding vintage began mild followed by a long and dry ripening season in the fall. This enabled us to hang the fruit to reach optimal ripeness without losing acidity or increasing sugars. The wines from 2018 are exceptional in many ways, from the great expression of the whites to the beautiful refinement and complexity of the reds. Enjoy!
About Golden West
Golden West is rooted in completing the story of Washington State. Winemaker Charles Smith has successfully shown that Washington, like France, can produce great Rhone varietals, Bordeaux varietals and aromatic whites. We began our story of Burgundy with SIXTO; Golden West came from the idea that where Chardonnay lives, so does Pinot Noir.
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.
The label is meant to show you where the wine is grown; to show both the geography and that it’s handmade and agricultural. When people think of Pinot Noir, they think artisanal and small. The layers of color signal both the complexity and simplicity of what’s in the bottle.