Ken Wright Cellars Willamette Valley
Ken Wright has established himself as the Willamette champion of single-vineyard Pinot Noir, seeking to show in his wines the best individual site characteristics in a single bottling, what the French refer to as terroir. Now working with a considerable number of vineyard owners, he produces wines from a wide range of Willamette Valley sites. The Guadalupe Vineyard is among the most successful bottlings here over a number of vintages. Sourced like the McCrone Vineyard Pinot from the Yamhill foothills this is opulent, lush and forward and will drink well at a young age. A Chardonnay, comes from the Columbia River, Celilo Vineyard site. A small amount of floral, subtly oaked Pinot Blanc is also produced. Because production is limited, the various cuvées are hard to find. However you can expect the wines to be almost invariably of 3 plus star quality, often 4 star, and although not cheap, they are priced very fairly. A new label, Tyrus Evan, has been established for non-Burgundian styles and so far Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and a Bordeaux red blend “Claret” are produced. A number of sites have been sourced from including the Ciel du Cheval, Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills Vineyards in Washington State and the Del Rio Vineyard in the Rogue Valley in Oregon. Smoky, opulent black fruited Walla Walla Syrah comes from the Seven Hills Vineyard, the Del Rio is a touch more structured and firm. The Del Rio Claret is a blend of Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. It will need four or five years, a little longer than the Ciel du Cheval, an opulent richly textured blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. (DM)
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