Kingston Family Vineyards

Owner(s) Kingston Family
Web site www.kingstonvineyards.com
 
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CJ Kingston headed to Chile around 1900 looking for gold. Five generations later, his decedents are taking Chilean winemaking in new directions. Located at the southwestern end of coastal Casablanca Valley, the vines grow on low-yielding hillsides of red clay loam and decomposed granite. Kingston Family is making Pinot Noir under the guidance of American Byron Kosuge (formerly Saintsbury, currently Miura and B. Kosuge Wines) and Evelym Vidal. The first vintage for Pinot Noir was 2003.

Kingston Family Vineyards Pinot Noir is exported to the United States and it is worth seeking out. I have sampled the wines at both the WOPN and IPNC and have found them to be of great interest.

Reviewed Wines

2007 Kingston Family Vineyards Casablanca Valley Concha y Toro Clone Pinot Noir

(barrel sample) · Spicy, mineral nose, silky mouth entry, rich and grippy with notable spices and dirt and trace of blue cheese flavor. Fine balance. Definitely not a fruit bomb in comparison to this lineup. Reviewed March 23, 2008 ARTICLE »

2007 Kingston Family Vineyards Alazan Casablanca Valley Chile Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $30. Carl John Kingston came to Chile in the early 1900s looking for gold and five generations later, his decedents still farm family vineyards in the Casablanca Valley. The name, Alazan, is inspired by a favorite family horse from years past. The consulting winemaker is Byron Kosuge. · Deeply colored in the glass. The nose is somewhat strange offering no fruit but plenty of smoke, cigar, and oiled wood aromas. The palate is a different story all together. Luscious core of blue and black berry fruit with smoke and grilled meat in the background. Nicely proportioned tannins and acidity with a satiny texture and a pleasing riff of citrus on the clean finish. Love the taste of this wine and worth a look for its uniqueness. Very good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Kingston Family Vineyards Alazan Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir

Note: I tasted both the 2002 and 2005 Alazan Pinot Noirs in the walkaround tasting. I felt the wines were a bit rustic, veering toward “Burgundian” austerity. The 2002 wine, however, had taken on secondary flavors of earth, tobacco and game and was quite enjoyable. Because of their prominent acidity, they do not easily catch a taster’s fancy in a walk-around tasting stocked with many fruit-forward wines, but they would do just fine on the dinner table. The wines are exported to the United States · Lovely nose, silky mouth entry, balanced fruit, sound acid structure, tasty. Aromatic finish and good length. A lovely wine that needs a little time. Reviewed March 23, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Kingston Family Vineyards Alazan Chile Pinot Noir

CJ Kingston headed to Chile around 1900 looking for gold. Five generations later, his descendents are taking Chilean winemaking in new directions. Located in coastal Casablanca Valley, Kingston Family is making Pinot Noir under the guidance of American Byron Kosuge (formerly Saintsbury, currently Miura, B. Kosuge Wines, pictured below). Some Kingston Family Vineyards Pinot Noir is exported to the United States and it is worth seeking out. Website: www.kingstonvineyards.com. · A real surprise with abundant Pinotosity. Reviewed August 6, 2007 ARTICLE »