Ken Wright 2016 Pinot Noirs: "We Are In Love"

Oregon “Master of Pinot Noir” calls 2016 “a magnificent vintage that combines density with balance and immediate appeal.”  His overall assessment:  “We are in love.”  Ken is releasing his wines in two weeks and ours arrive around October 12.  Once again, we’re bringing you the chance to rack up some serious savings while ensuring access to your favorite Ken Write wines. 

Pre-order now through October 10 and you’ll get your favorites at $54.98 for bottles, $51.98 on six or more, and only $48.98/ea on mixed cases of 12 – but the special $48.98/ea case price is only available for pre-orders received by October 10!

Order by October 10 and you’ll enjoy our best, six and 12-bottle savings, on any mix/match order of Ken Wright 2016s.  Please note that your mix/match savings will NOT show on your online order form or confirmation.  Don’t worry!  We’ll adjust all your prices to best savings before your card is charged.

Wines arrive on or about October 12 and your card will not be charged until the wines arrive.  Need help putting together your order?  Just email or call us (703.356.6500) or stop by the store and we’ll be happy to help.

NOTE:  Bryce and Latchkey Vyds are SOLD OUT and Tanager and Bonnie Jean are now extremely limited.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vyd 2016 Product #32471 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vyd 2016 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vyd 2016

A vineyard that I’ve underestimated in the past but that has given Ken some his most exciting wines over the past few vintages.  Ken owns and farms this marine sedimentary site with loving care.  It’s not far from Savoya and Shea, but it often packs in even more power and punch than its more famous neighbors.  The vineyard is planted to a mixture of Pommard and Dijon clone that push through about 30 inches of sedimentary soils before hitting mother rock of fractured sandstone and siltstone.  Both the clones and the soils incline Abbott Claim towards a distinctive spice and floral focus, although there’s always plenty of rich plum, cassis and black cherry fruit.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2016 Product #32473 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2016 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2016

Ken’s signature wine and, arguably, Willamette Valley’s signature vineyard.  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 always 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 Freedom Hill Vyd 2016 Product #32474 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vyd 2016 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vyd 2016

Always a favorite in Ken’s cellar, the Freedom Hills Pinot comes from a tiny slice (2.85 acres) of this well-respected vineyard lying between Eola Hills to the east and the Coastal Range to the west.  A tad warmer than vineyards in either neighboring region, but also possessed of unusually bright acidity that should sing through nicely in 2016.  Ken’s parcels were replanted about 10 years ago after phylloxera reached Freedom Hill, and now they give wine with a wonderful blend of richness and structure, accessibility and ability to age.  Lots of spice, chocolate, and herb notes to add complexity to the dark raspberry and plum.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Bonnie Jean Vyd 2016 Product #32477 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Bonnie Jean Vyd 2016 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Bonnie Jean Vyd 2016

Bonnie Jean sits adjacent to Abbott Claim, and is Ken's youngest vineyard - he planted it in 2010 and make his first wine here in the 2013 harvest.  The label commemorates the cherries that grew here and the bluebirds that still make the vineyard their home.  With Wellsdale soils and a South/Southeast orientation, it seems to want to make forward, fresh berry, wines with notes of red currant, spice and cola. Very pretty in 2016!

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vyd 2016 Product #32478 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vyd 2016 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vyd 2016

One of only two wines Ken makes from volcanic sites (Latchkey in the Dundee Hills is the other), this is always distinctive for its notes of bright cherry, blue/black berry, and juicy acids.   It’s a blend of 30+ year-old Pommard and slightly younger Dijon clone growing on very shallow, porous, soils.  Lots of fruit with complicating accents of tobacco, herb, and more.  A neat marriage of Eola Hill’s spice and freshness with volcanic sites’ classic red fruit.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Carter Vyd 2016 Product #32479 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Carter Vyd 2016 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Carter Vyd 2016

Like Latchkey, Carter is a volcanic soil site and gives serves up a nice dose of smoky richness to go with the blackberry, blueberry, and black cherry fruit.  The lose basalt soils shown on the label force the vine roots to dig deep here and help Carter deliver health fruit in vintages wet and dry.  Like Latchkey, if you like a darker expression of Pinot, this is pretty compelling in that style.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vyd 2016 Product #32480 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vyd 2016 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vyd 2016

As Ken says, Guadalupe Vineyard is technically a Dundee Hills site that "should be" in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.  It marks the transition from Dundee's volcanic Jory soils to shallow Willakenzie sedimenatary soils over siltstone mother rock.  Often one of the most forward and early-drinkinng of Ken's wines, it tends to be dark in color and show black fruit, cocoa and earth aromas and flavors with a distinct "zing" of bright acids.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir McCrone Vyd 2016 Product #32481 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir McCrone Vyd 2016 Ken Wright Pinot Noir McCrone Vyd 2016

This is about the most densely-planted vineyard Ken works with (1x2 meters) on extremely well-drained Wellsdale sedimentary soils.  It's all Dijon clone Pinot today (about half was grafted over from Chardonnay in 2000).  Ken says it's mainly a black-fruited wine, powerful, dense, and built to age really well.  It's always high-toned, fresh, and vibrant with loads of strawberry and currant fruit and a compelling sense of minerality.  Not the richest wine Ken makes, but one of the most vivid.

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