Kudos

Owner(s) Danielle Andrus-Montalieu, Laurent Montalieu
Web site www.kudoswine.com
 
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Kudos A line of relatively inexpensive varietals from the Willamette Valley including Pinot Noir produced at NW Wine Co. in McMinnville and vinified by Laurent Montalieu. The wines are in retail distribution.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Kudos Single Vineyard Series Zena Crown Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Oregon Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $25. A product of NW Wine Co. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherries, briar and fennel lead to medium bodied flavors of black cherries, black raspberries and a generous cherry-driven finish. Good richness, soft tannins and well-integrated oak. An impressive offering at this modest price. Score: 88. Reviewed September 29, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kudos Reserve Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $19.99. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light ruby red color in the glass. Aromas of cherries, espresso, dark chocolate and bramble. Middleweight core of tart red fruits including cherries, cranberries and pomegranates superseded by muscular tannins which hang around on the hi-strung finish. This wine is out of sorts with too much acidity and tannins to complement the delicate fruit. Not a very good wine in this vintage. Decent. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »

2011 Kudos Single Vineyard Series Carabella Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., $30. A product of NW Wine Co. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. · Light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Evocative perfume of dusty cherries and seasoned oak. Noticeable mid palate attack of fresh cherry and cranberry flavors with a citrus-driven, nervy finish. Straightforward, light, and easy to drink, this wine will work beautifully at the dinner table. Reviewed September 29, 2013 ARTICLE »

2010 Kudos Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.51, TA 0.62, 10,000 cases, $15. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Pleasing aromas of strawberries and red cherries with grassy herbs and oak spice. Relatively light red cherry and red raspberry fruit flavors with an underpinning of savory herbs. Crisp and tasty, with mild tannins and a lively acid backbone leading to an uplifting finish. A solid daily drinker. Good (+). Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kudos Reserve Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.54, 1,560 cases, $20. Aged 7 months in 15% new French oak barrels. A blend of vineyards. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of dark fruits, earth and oak. A middleweight offering of tasty black cherry, black raspberry and plum fruits with a very slight complimentary accent of oak char. The wine displays an earth and mineral foundation typical of this region. The fruit core makes an impression, the slightly grainy tannins are reined in, the mouth feel is satiny and seamless, and the wine finishes with bright acidity. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kudos Reserve Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $20. From the NW Wine Co. in McMinnville under the direction of Laurent Montalieu. A big seller at Total Wine & More in California. Aged 10 months in oak. · Moderately dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Delicate scent of black cherries and black raspberries with a subtle note of oak. Middleweight flavors echo the nose with a little minerality in the background. Sturdy tannins, yet very soft in the mouth. This wine aims to please now. Good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Kudos Zena Crown Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $30. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. The nose is oak-driven with the scent of brewed coffee. On the palate the core of dark red and purple fruit is moderately dense and intense and offers an amazing persistence on the huge finish. There is more oak on board than I like, but this should moderate over time in the cellar. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Kudos Carabella Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.51, TA 0.59, 317 cases, $30. Aged 8 months in 22% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Brooding aromas of dark red stone fruits, spice and oak. Impressive mid palate explosion of perfectly ripe red fruits wrapped in mild dry tannins, finishing with a striking intensity of cherry fruit. Very smooth in the mouth, with an ephemeral finishing tone. Very enjoyable wine at this price point. Very good (+). Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Kudos Zena Crown Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $30. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Demure cherry aromas with prominent scents of hay, underbrush and oak. Herb-inflected strawberry and cherry flavors with an earthy oak background, mild tannins, decent acidity and a pleasing cherry finish. Soft, elegant and refined. Lacks the luscious fruit and structure of the 2010 bottling. Good (+). Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »