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A partnership between Santa Lucia Highlands' grower Kirk Williams and his stepdaughter Kori Violini. Small amounts of Pinot Noir are produced from the KW Ranch located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. The vineyard is surrounded by many well-known estates including Garys' Vineyard, Rosella's Vineyard and Sleepy Hollow Vineyard.
The KW Ranch Vineyard occupies 14 acres. Grapes have been sold to several well-known producers. Pinot Noir clones 667 and Pommard 4 and Syrah clones 877 and 470.
The well-priced, outstanding wine is sold through a mailing list.
2014 KORi KW Ranch Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 150 cases, $38. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. An array of dark fruit aromas arrive slowly over time in the glass. The mid weight plus flavors of black cherry and blackberry are satisfying. More sap and tannin than the 2013 bottling, and better oak management. Score: 91. Reviewed July 21, 2018 ARTICLE »
2013 KORi KW Ranch Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 150 cases, $30. 14-acre vineyard farmed by grower Kirk Williams. Pommard and 667 clones. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Lovely perfume of Bing cherry, baking spice and toasty oak. A light to mid weight wine that is cheerful and vibrant with a core of tasty dark cherry. There is a little more oak overlay than I prefer but it is not egregiou Score: 90. Reviewed July 21, 2018 ARTICLE »
2010 KORi KW Ranch Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 200 cases, $38. From the 14-acre terraced KW Ranch Vineyard. The vineyard has previously supplied fruit to several famous vintners. Clones are 667 and Pommard 4. Grower is Kirk Williams and winemakers are Kori Violini and Sabrine Rodems. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Impressively aromatic with bright, intense aromas of black raspberries, kirsch and dark plum sauce. Medium weight flavors echo the nose with added accents of toasty oak and floral notes, finishing with a flourish of black raspberry fruit. Soft and velvety on the palate, and very comforting to drink. Admirable balance with silky tannins and wellhoned acidity. A complete wine that brings out the best in Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. A big, but pleasant surprise to me, as I had never previously met with this label. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »