Ken Wright has been making wine in Oregon for twenty-six years. Over this period of time, the Wrights have established a reputation for creating exceptionally beautiful Pinot Noirs. They have mastered the art and science of winemaking, and as a result their fan base is vast and well-informed.
We are thrilled to be offering the following four of Ken’s wines on our wine list, all of which scored over 90 in Wine Spectator:
Abbott Claim Vineyard 2007 Pinot Noir: This vineyard is in the Carlton-Yamhill AVA. Here soils are high in sand and therefore offer the excellent drainage necessary for pinot grapes. This particular wine is described as balanced and lively, with aromas of smoke, spice, and and raspberry. Portland Monthly just named this #4 on Oregon’s 50 Best Wines!
McCrone Vineyard 2008 Pinot Noir: Also located in the Carlton-Yamhill AVA, McCrone faces more to the west than Abbott Claim. Each year, this vineyard produces about 700 cases of wine that is described as lush and powerful. It’s described as exotic, succulent, and deep.
Carter Vineyard 2009 Pinot Noir: This vineyard is located in the Eola Hills. The soil is volcanic and shallow, allowing fruit to ripen more quickly. Grapes generally have a higher acidity, producing wine that evolves to “show dark fruits and fresh, healthy earth scents.”
Willamette Valley 2009 Pinot Noir: This is the first blended Pinot that Ken has ever produced. It encompasses grapes from nine of his vineyards. Wine Spectator describes it as “Light and satiny, with modest tannins around a delicate core of cherry, raspberry and coffee flavors, fleshing out more on the long finish.”