2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir – Oregon’s Greatest Pinot Noir Value

The 2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir is that rare under -$20 Oregon Pinot Noir that truly delivers the goods!  I’m talking about classic Oregon Pinot character — spice and earth infused red fruit on the nose, medium bodied and silky on the palate, and a long and fulfilling finish.  So many of the wines I taste in this price range are pleasant, but they lack depth and nuance.  Not this one!  Ryan Harms and his team at Union Wine Company struck gold with their 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and this one must be tasted to be believed.  Guess what?  You can stop by Friday, July 21 any time between 4-7 p.m. and give it a try.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.  It’s the new Wine of the Week, and it’s Oregon’s greatest Pinot Noir value.  Here’s the deal:

2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir — On Sale Through August 5th

Regular Price: $19.99/bottle

Sale Price: $17.99/bottle or $15.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack, or $14.99/bottle on your solid case!

In case you haven’t heard, Vintage 2015 is being called another stellar vintage for Oregon Pinot Noir.  On the heels of the wonderful 2014 vintage, which I didn’t think could be topped, 2015 was another dry and hot one in Oregon.  It was also one that yielded a bountiful crop of very high quality grapes.  Healthy, perfectly ripened grapes and lots of them — it’s vintages like these where Union Wine Company thrives.

Founded in 2005, this negociant operation doesn’t own any vineyards.  They buy all of their fruit, and Ryan Harms is a very well connected guy.  He cut his teeth as assistant winemaker at Bergstrom, then as head winemaker at Torri Mor and Rex Hill prior to starting his own operation.  Ryan won’t tell me who or exactly where he sourced his grapes, but he did reveal that 100% of the fruit came from the Willamette Valley.  His ability to blend little bits and pieces together into a harmonious and delicious wine is truly admirable.

In 2015, Ryan had abundant fruit sources to pick from, and he knocked it outta’ the park!  100% Pinot Noir, this one is fermented in stainless steel and is then aged in French oak (25% new) for 8 months.  The resulting wine literally boggled my mind when I tasted it a couple of weeks back.  Typically, under-$20 Oregon Pinot Noir is simple and fruit forward, but this one really packs a punch.  Lovely aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, strawberry, cinnamon and nutmeg are abundant in this medium bodied red wine.  Smooth and silky on the palate, it is generously fruited and concentrated with great acidity providing energy and lift to the wine. 

I’m not kidding when I say that this is the best under-$20 Oregon Pinot Noir I’ve ever tried.  Ideal as a cocktail red, it would also pair nicely with grilled salmon, chicken or pork chops.  Trust me, you’re going to like it!  Stop by Friday, July 21 (4-7 p.m.) to try it, stop by the store to pick some up, or email me at, and I’ll hold your order for you.  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville this summer!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine

Willamette Valley Wine Tasting

Willamette Valley Wines – Free on Fridays Wine Tasting

Friday, July 21 from 4-7 p.m. – Join us as we pour you a trio of our favorite Willamette Valley wines.  Taste the the 2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir, our new Wine of the Week and the best under-$20 Oregon Pinot Noir we’ve ever tasted!

Oregon has enjoyed a string of back to back incredible vintages.  Both 2014 and 2015 are being called two of the best vintages in the history of the state.  Hot and dry conditions yielded fuller, riper wines than usual, and I’m a huge fan.  Stop by and taste what I’m talking about.  Up first, it’s an incredible, Burgundy-like Chardonnay from Omero Cellars.  One of the best domestic Chardonnay values in the store, it is seriously complex and absolutely delicious.  Next, it’s an aromatic and delicious white blend from the folks at Anne Amie.  An Alsatian-like field blend of Riesling, Muller Thurgau, Pinot Blanc and a few others, it is lightly effervescent and fruit forward.  To finish, it’s the brilliant 2015 Pinot Noir from Kings Ridge.  I just had a bottle of this the other night, and it reminded me of wines that typically cost $30+.  Flowing with silky red fruits, baking spices, and a hint of earth, this medium bodied red is really delicious this year.  Stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the featured tasting wines.

All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

1. 2014 Omero Cellars Chardonnay (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – This small winery sources grapes from organic, biodynamic and sustainably farmed vineyards.  And they put those grapes to good use! Winemaker Sarah Cabot ferments with indigenous yeasts low and slow — the fermentation takes place in a mixture of new and used French oak and takes 8 months to complete.  This slow and natural fermentation saps all of the flavor out of the grapes, and this is a very complex and full flavored Chardonnay.  
Tasting Price: $22.49 in mixed 3-packs | $21.24 in mixed 6-packs | $19.99 in mixed cases

2. 2015 Anne Amie Cuvée A “Amrita” (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – The name Amrita comes from the Buddhist equivalent of ambrosia, or a wine of the gods.  Anne Amie’s white blend combines 6 different white grapes together each harvest to create an irresistible, lightly effervescent, fruit-forward wine.  A blend of Riesling, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay, it is fruit filled and just off-dry.  We think it’s the perfect white wine to pair with spicy Asian or Indian cuisine.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

3. 2015 Kings Ridge Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – Ryan Harms started Union Wine Company with goal of “making wines for everyone.”  He has succeeded!  His wines are affordable, they’re delicious, and here’s the proof.  A wonderful rendition of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, his 2015 is the best value of its type that we’ve ever stocked.
Tasting Price: $17.99 in mixed 3-packs | $16.999 in mixed 6-packs | $15.99 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Week Price: $17.99/bottle, $15.99/bottle on your solid 6-pack, or $14.99/bottle on your solid case!

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine

Joe Wagner's Elouan Pinot Noir.

2014 Elouan Pinot Noir

Wine of the Weeks – A stunning new Oregon Pinot Noir release from the Wagner family!  I’m just going to tell it like it is — this is the “new” Meiomi Pinot Noir!  After selling his Meiomi brand to Constellation late last year, Joe Wagner has invested millions into Elouan Pinot Noir, his new project in Oregon.  As he says: “With Elouan we have managed to achieve ripe fruit characters, while retaining the quintessential Oregon Pinot Noir subtleties and nuances of bright acidity and a rich earthiness to the wine.”  After tasting this one last week, I have to say that Joe has hit a home run with this wine!  I don’t always agree with  the winemaker’s descriptions of their wines, but Joe has definitely outdone himself with this one.  If you are or were a fan of Meiomi, you definitely need to give this a try.  It’s the 2014 Elouan Pinot Noir, and it’s our new Wine of the Weeks.  Here’s the deal:

2014 Elouan Pinot Noir — On sale through Tuesday, June 14th 

Regular Price: $19.99/bottle

Sale Price: $17.99/bottle or $15.99 when you buy a solid 6-pack or more

Much like he did with Meiomi, Joe is crafting this wine by sourcing fruit from a variety of zones throughout Oregon to create a balanced and harmonious wine. The cooler climate character of the Willamette Valley contributes acidity, earth and complex spice notes while the fruit sourced from the warmer Rogue and Umqua Valleys adds a rich and ripe fruit character.  Joe’s goal with the wine is to develop richer flavors and fuller bodied texture while still maintaining the classic silky and complex character that Oregon Pintot Noir is known for.  He has succeeded!

What amazes me about this wine is the price!  If you know Oregon Pinot Noir, you know that it’s hard (nearly impossible) to find good Oregon Pinot for less than $20.  This is great Oregon Pinot Noir for less than $20!  In fact, I think it drinks like one that would typically cost you $30+.  It pours a deep ruby red color and the nose is packed with aromas of ripe red fruits, brown spice, and mellow earth notes.  On the palate, it is fuller bodied than most Pinots from the state, but it maintains varietal consistency and character in the form of its silky, supple and soft texture — velvet comes to mind.  Ripe flavors of cherry, strawberry, pomegranate and cinnamon are clearly present, but there is a slight savory/earthy/complex character to the wine that reminds you that it comes from Oregon.

Sound too good to be true?  Don’t listen to me, come try it this Friday.  Alternatively, listen to me and email me at or stop by the store and pick some up before the sale ends!  Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville.

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator/Wine Buyer
Table Wine Asheville
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