Kudos | 2014 Pinot Grils | 2013 Pinot Noir
Kudos is made by NW Wine company out of Dundee Oregon. According to the NW Wine Co. website they are “the only custom wine growing facility that specializes in all aspects of the wine making process, from vineyard to bottle.” Founded in 2003 by Laurent Montalieu, Danielle Andrus-Montalieu, and John Niemeyer, their goal was to provide quality right from day one. They work with vineyards as small as 1 acre and have wines in over 30 markets across the U.S. In addition, they purchased the 120 acre Hyland vineyard in 2007. So how’s the wine?
Kudos, 2014 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon
I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting much from this wine, but I wasn’t. And then I was pleasantly surprised! The nose is pretty, with a little lemon, and peach intermingled with a floral component. The palate is where this wine really shines. Solid citrus in the vein of lemon and lime, with a slightly ripe back-end, just enough to soften the wine and make it really approachable. This wine is an ideal wine for summer, pre bbq drinks, or lay out by the pool. Really, it’s quite versatile. The alcohol weighs in at 13.1% and 5,500 cases were produced, so there should be some nearby if you look hard enough. This wine retails for about $10-$15 a bottle. Weekly Wine Journal rating: 91 points
After being pleasantly surprised by the Pinot Gris, I was ready for this wine. This is a solid effort, not the most complex wine, but again at $12-$15 retail this is a hell of a deal for Pinot Noir. Nice acidity and tannins, like cherries and tea (no milk). There’s a hint of clove and vanilla on the back end which is quite nice too. Alcohol weighs in at 13.1% and 9,000 cases were produced, so there’s an even greater chance that this wine might be available in your area.
Weekly Wine Journal Rating: 87 points
Coming soon… Kudos Chardonnay (only 700 cases made) and Kudos Reserve Pinot Noir
*disclaimer: Wines samples provided by the winery for review