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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 Product #32093 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

If you want to drink a terrific Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from the man Wine Spectator called “A Master of Pinot Noir in Oregon” at less than half the price of his single vineyard wines…well, this is going to make you very happy indeed.  Made from younger vines and more forward (i.e., less tannic) barrels from 10 of Ken’s 13 single-vineyard wines, the 2014 WV Pinot has loads of pretty fruit, a light and lithe feel, and just enough structure to pair with food and improve for a year or two – but not enough to get in the way of weeknight solo sipping now.  Excellent value.

"Ken Wright produces as many as a dozen or more single-vineyard Pinots in any given vintage. This wine is blended from many of those same sites, whose vines were often planted back in the 1980s. It's light and elegant, yet powerfully flavorful, with strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit pushing deep into the palate. It's clean and fresh, with crisp defining acidity, perfect balance, refined tannins and a long finish."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vyd 2015 Product #31307 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vyd 2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vyd 2015

For 2012:  WE 97 points and Wine Of The Year/WS NR
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.  And, it handles heat well – when I visited during the very hot, very dry, summer of 2015, the vines here were verdant, healthy, and showed absolutely no signs of heat or water stress.

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.  Likely one of the stars of the vintage in ‘15.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vyd 2015 Product #31308 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vyd 2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vyd 2015

For 2012:  WE 96 points/WS 93 points
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 2015.  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 Shea Vyd 2015 Product #31309 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vyd 2015

For 2012:  WE 94 points/WS 91 points
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 Canary Hill Vyd 2015 Product #31310 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vyd 2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vyd 2015

For 2012:  WE 94 points/WS 91 points
One of only two wines Ken makes from volcanic sites, 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 barrel sample tasted in February was sweet and spicy with a firm but supple finish.  A neat marriage of Eola Hill’s spice and freshness with volcanic sites’ classic red fruit.  I plan to buy this one.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Latchkey Vyd 2015 Product #31311 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Latchkey Vyd 2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Latchkey Vyd 2015

Pre-Arrival:  Wine arrives late-October
Not Previously Rated (first vintage 2014)

Love the dark, smoky, intensity of wines grown on the volcanic Jory soils of the Dundee Hills?  Well, then this is your Ken Wright 2015 because it delivers more of that rich depth than any other wine in the set.  The vineyard actually belongs to Ken’s son, Cody Wright, who farms it for his Purple Hands project.  Ken says the site wants to express cherry, huckleberry, and cotton candy aromas/flavors in a wine with lush texture and bright acids.  Tasted from barrel in February, I found it “Impressive!” with spiced cherry fruit and remarkable intensity on the back.  Pretty limited, so move on this one.

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Ken Wright Pinot Noir Carter Vyd 2015 Product #31315 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Carter Vyd 2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Carter Vyd 2015

Pre-Arrival:  Wine arrives late-October
For 2012 WE 94/WS 91

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 barrel sample I tasted in February was plump, soft, and rich with a nicely spicy finish.  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 Bryce Vyd 2015 Product #31318 (In Stock)
Ken Wright Pinot Noir Bryce Vyd 2015 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Bryce Vyd 2015

Pre-Arrival:  Wine arrives late-October
For 2012:  WE 93 points/WS 89 points

Here's Ken's only Pinot from the Ribbon Ridge, home to folks like Beaux Freres, Penner-Ash, Patrica Green and Brick House. The sedimentary Willakenzie soils give floral and spice accents to the red fruit common in Ribbon Ridge wines, and help provide extra lift and juicy freshness in warm vintages.  It’s limited, so if you’re tempted, jump quickly here.

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