Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Savoya Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton, 2013
Lovely wine for a Friday night at the house catching up on some notes and eating pasta. Maybe not the perfect restaurant pairing combo, but we were not complaining tonight with this.
I usually run through the Ken Wright Cellars selections a few times a year, and for the most part I have had issue with these wines as a whole. The problem I find with these wines are they are simply too big for my tastes. I like my Oregon Pinots to be classically elegant, bright and fresh, and I simply do not always find that in the Ken Wright selections.
This wine though is sufficiently soft and fruity to hit the mark, and perhaps I just wanted something really well made and full of flavor to end the week on. Don't get me wrong, this is no wimpy Pinot Noir. There is a full nose of vanilla and deep raspberry, but it is not weighty or sweet in its approach. The wine is actually quite inviting and pleasant to drink. It has a couple of vintages behind it so some softness comes from the youngish age, but this wine is simply straight up smooth, velvety fruit.
Maybe its AVA related? The Yamhill-Carlton AVA is a cooler spot with supple Pinots in my opinion, and I often gravitate to these in a general sense, so maybe no surprise I like it.
2+ out of 3 checks on the Somm-o-meter
Consumer Notes - lists for about $50 online for retail purchase. Not sure if you will find this at the moment, but looks like it is available.
Trade Community - Alan S. Goodman/Eder Bros. in CT - place this on your lists to counter the more elegant side of Willamette Pinot Noirs - should appeal to drinkers looking for that California experience, such as Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs, as it has that very big and polished style, yet still retains some balance that is rare in California wines.
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