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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2011 375ml Product #26569 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2011 375ml Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2011 375ml

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.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012 Product #28003 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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!

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2013 Product #28905 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2013 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2013

Yamhill-Carlton AVA on Sedimentary/Willakenzie soils.  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. 

His notes on the 2013 suggest a typical, intense and dark-fruited, Shea: “Floral and spice focused.  Blue fruit, blueberry, black currant with delicate anise and cola notes.”

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Savoya Vyd 2013 Product #28906 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Savoya Vyd 2013 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Savoya Vyd 2013

Yamhill-Carlton AVA on Sedimentary/Willakenzie soils.  There’s an argument to be made that Savoya is the best wine in the cellar over Ken’s past few vintages.  It took top honors in Wine Spectator’s reviews of Ken’s 2010s, making the Top 100, and the 94 point 2012 is likely to appear in this year’s Top 100 as well.  Ken and Karen Wright purchased the vineyard in 1999 and finished planting in 2002.  The sandy, well-drained, soils tend to deliver muscular wines with aromas of dense black fruit, seared meat, cedar and anise. 

The site does especially well in warm vintages, so the 2013 should be a treat. Ken’s notes are encouraging: “Floral and spice focused.  Black cherry, cranberry, pomegranate with earthy cola and saddle leather notes.”

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vyd 2013 Product #28908 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vyd 2013 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vyd 2013

Coastal Range on Sedimentary Bellpine soils.  Always one of my favorite wines from Ken, the Freedom Hills Pinot comes from a tiny slice (2.85 acres) of this well-respected vineyard in Oregon’s Coastal Range just south of Dallas, Oregon.  Originally planted in 1980 and then re-planted following a phylloxera attack, this vineyard has evolved considerably over the years.  As late as 2004, this was Ken’s most structured, firm, wine and always needed considerable cellaring to open up.  Replanting and a change in trellising approach now allows the grapes to slowly reach full ripeness with softer tannins.  It’s now one Ken’s most approachable, Pinots, full of bright fruit and spice in a richly textured frame. 

The warm summer of 2013 accentuates Freedom Hill’s textural richness without costing it anything in terms of bright, juicy, acids.  Ken’s notes:  “Floral and spice focused.  Brighter acidity than most sedimentary sites.  Red fruits, lush mouthfeel, juicy strawberry, watermelon with hints of leather and fresh-turned earth qualities.”

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vyd 2013 Product #28909 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vyd 2013 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vyd 2013

Eola-Amity Hills AVA on Volcanic Rock (Jory/Nekia).  A nicely mature vineyard in the southern part of the Eola Hills, Canary Hill was first planted to Pommard in 1983/1984 with Dijon clones added later.  The soils here are more shallow than in Yamhill-Carlton or the Dundee Hills and always seem to give a more forward, perfumed, wine with notes of black cherry, cola, and Asian spice.  Ken and his wife Karen purchased the vineyard a few years ago, making this one of Ken’s “estate” wines.

Ken’s comments on this 2013 make it sound as delicious as ever!  "Fruit focused.  Modest structure, light tannins and bright acidity.  Red and blue fruit - juicy red plum, pie cherry and marionberry."

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Meredith Mitchell 2013 Product #28910 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Meredith Mitchell 2013 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Meredith Mitchell 2013

McMinnville AVA on Volcanic Rock/Yamhill soils.  Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Coastal Range, just southwest of McMinnville, Meredith Mitchel’s shallow soils and cool microclimate can give chewy, often tough, wines in cool years.  In warmer seasons like 2013, this site’s firm structure plays perfect foil to luscious ripe fruit.  The own-rooted Pommard planted here in 1988 struggles to get nutrients and water from 20-30 inches of decomposed basalt topsoil over the volcanic mother rock below.  Small clusters of small berries mean yields are low here and structure more intense, making this on of Ken’s longest lived wines.

Ken’s comments:  “Fruit focused.  Most natural tannins and acidity of all our sites. Dark profile of blue and black fruit, nervy and powerful with blackberry, cassis, and ripe watermelon.”

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