- Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2011 375ml Product #26569 (In Stock)
Wine Advocate has suggested that Shea is the Willamette Valley’s one potential “superstar” vineyard and Ken makes the benchmark wine from this famous site. Ken uses fruit from three different blocks in the vineyard, two planted to Dijon 114 and one to Dijon 777 clones. Shea Vineyard gives black/red fruit - especially blueberry - but with more spice and earth than other Yamhill-Carlton wines. Always a fine marriage of ripe fruit and juicy, fresh, texture, this usually wants a few years in cellar to show its best. Ken pretty much made the reputation of this vineyard, and it's always one of his most powerful, concentrated, wines.
- Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012 Product #28003 (In Stock)
In the big, ripe, 2009 vintage, Ken Wright did something he hadn't done in years - made a Pinot Noir by blending wine from different vineyards. It had been a big crop and he had some barrels too soft to fit with his single vineyard wines, and making an "entry level" blend seemed more attractive than selling the wine in bulk. We got some, you tried it, and the 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot flew out of the store.
Ken did the same thing in the cooler, more challenging, 2010 and 2011 harvests, but we thought the results were less impressive. Now in the great 2012 vintage – one Ken ranks among the greatest he’s ever worked – the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is back and firing on all cylinders. It’s a blend of barrels from some of Oregon’s most famous vineyards: Abbott Claim, Canary Hill, Carter, Freedom Hill, Guadalupe, McCrone, Meredith Mitchell, Nysa and Savoya. Like the 2009, it’s rich and expressive, bursting with crushed berry fruit, rose petal, smoke and fresh earth notes. We suspect there’s a little press wine in the mix, giving the wine a dash of fine-grained tannic support and making it very food friendly. If you love Ken’s style and have some of his 2012 single vineyard wines, leave ‘em alone for 5 years and drink this now!