I am deeply grateful to Ken and his right hand gal, Julianne, for going out of their way in getting me samples of the 2013 single vineyard Pinots. As most of you know I’m out recovering from my recent surgery and they were nice enough to bottle up barrel samples and get them to me. Actually, I much prefer it this way. I’m sure many of you have been in wine cellars tasting before. If the cellar is as it should be, cold, it’s almost impossible to get a good idea of what the wine will be. Cold, young red wine tastes, well, yuch! A little acid tastes like a boatload and a touch of tannin feels like it could make your mouth bleed. All of the unpleasant things are accentuated by the cold. This way I’m able to take these samples and, in the comfort of my home with a nice Pinot glass, get a good idea of the quality and potential of the vintage.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE STYLE OF THESE 2013’S
Right off the bat I would say plush and lush. Each vineyard has its own “terroir” which is listed at the bottom of this offer in our vineyard info breakdown, a thorough look at the soils, farming etc for each one but the common thread is there. Dark colored Pinot with velvety mouthfeel and rich flavors. You get the feeling that you could drink them right now (and they’ve only been in barrel for a couple of months). In a word…….delicious.
A NEW STALLION IN OUR SINGLE VINEYARD STABLE
Over the last few years the Nysa Vineyard in the Dundee hills has been suffering from Phylloxera. This grape disease eventually requires replanting of the diseased sections and in 2013 there wasn’t even enough to harvest so there is no Nysa. I wanted to keep the vineyards at 8 and I’ve been interested in this one for a while.
Bryce Bagnall was a very sweet man and a terrific winemaker. He brought Witness Tree Winery back from obscurity to a top notch winery. In 1999 he and his wife Marcia planted Pinot Noir on a beautiful piece of property they bought close to the Beaux Freres Estate Vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge AVA of the Willamette Valley. Bryce passed away at far too young an age not long afterward. They had set up their winemaking at the Carlton Winemakers Studio and made wine there for the first few years. After Bryce passed it was too much for Marcia to continue so she contracted with Ken Wright and his vineyard manager, Mark Gould, to handle the vineyard management and winemaking. And so, here we have the results of that marriage and the wine is an awesome addition to our other 7 single vineyard wines. Having a wine from the highly esteemed Ribbon Ridge area is a very nice compliment to our other AVA’s.
The 8 vineyards- Bryce Shea Carter Canary Hill Abbott Claim
Savoya Guadalupe McCrone
PRICES FOR THE 2013 KEN WRIGHT FUTURES
Case- $510 12-750’s OR 24-375’s
½ case- $270 6-750’s OR 12-375’s
Minimum order, 6 bottles
We are able to get just about any size bottle you like. The prices for mags, 750’s and 375’s are listed above. Just e-mail or call if you’re interested in anything bigger to get a price quote. 9 litre bottle= heckuva party!
Minimum per vineyard- 3 bottles from a particular vineyard
To be clear on the way you can order….
The possibilities on a case of 750’s would be;
3+3+3+3 four different vineyards
4+4+4 three different vineyards
6+6 2 different vineyards
12 bottles of the same vineyard
For 375’s (half bottles) it would be a minimum of 6 half bottles per vineyard
On magnums and larger you may order singles
Payment & delivery
Payment due upon placement of order.
Delivery/ early December, 2014.
Don’t forget to check out the vineyard info below!
Classic Oregon- Somewhere between Burgundy & California.
Burgundian- Aromas and flavors come more from the soil than the grape.
Big and Rich- Lots of fruit aromas and flavors like dark cherry, blackberry and chocolate. Full bodied. More for beef and fowl, not so much for fish.
Vineyards of the Eola Hills:
The main development of the Eola Hills area took place from the mid 1970’s through the early 1980’s. The most common soil type of the area is described as Nekia. These volcanic soils are shallower, generally 1 to 3 feet in depth, and have less clay than the Dundee Hills. As a result, these soils will dry sooner, encouraging earlier ripening of the fruit. The wines of this area typically possess aromas of black fruits, black cherry, plum and cassis, with acidity levels that are naturally higher than in other growing areas, contributing to a sense of structure in the mouth.
Canary Hill Vineyard
Located at the southern end of the Eola Hills and faces southeast. The vines were planted in 1982 and 1983. They are vertically trellised and are of the Pommard clone. Elevation is 450′ to 550′. The soil is a mix of Jory and Nekia. Both are formed from igneous rock and have a reddish-brown tint. This site, however, has less depth than similar soils in the Dundee Hills. Wine from this vineyard is typically very forward, with aromas of black cherry and cola. Approximately 625 cases are produced. The vineyard was recently purchased by Ken and Karen Wright, and managed by Mark Gould.
Located just 1 mile from Canary Hill in the Eola Hills, Carter Vineyard is lower on the hillside yet has a leaner and less fertile soil. It is mainly Nekia soil, which is formed from weathered basic rock. It lies at an elevation of 325′ and was planted in 1983. This bottling is comprised of the Wadenswil, Dijon 777, Dijon 667, Dijon 115, and Pommard clones. The wine is firmer than Canary Hill in its youth but evolves beautifully after a few years in bottle to show black fruits and fresh, healthy earth scents. Approximately 650 cases are produced. The vineyard is owned by Jack and Kathleen Carter, and managed by Mark Gould.
Vineyards of the Yamhill-Carlton District:
The vineyards of the Yamhill-Carlton District were planted mostly in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The primary soil of this area is called Willakenzie, named after the Willamette and McKenzie rivers. It is a sedimentary soil with a sandstone base rock. The sand content is quite high and the soil therefore very well drained. The sites are generally on the lower slopes of a volcanic ridge. Wines of the area possess aromas of red and black fruits, with added elements of cocoa, leather and fresh-turned earth. Acidity levels are generally lower than other regions, prompting these wines to be lush and agreeable in their youth.
Abbott Claim Vineyard
Our newest arrival to the stable. This site is a portion of the original John F. Abbott Donation Land Claim and lies in the middle of a sedimentary ridge east of Carlton. This is a consistent broad face of land with soil depths of 30 inches to mother rock. Elevation ranges from 400′ to 475′ and the inclination is S-SE. Soils are mostly Wellsdale with some areas of Willakenzie and Peavine. All of them lie atop mother rock of fractured sandstone and siltstone.
The planted acreage totals 17 acres. Vines are roughly an equal mix of Pommard clone on Riparia Gloire rootstock, 777 on 101-14 and 115 on both 101-14 and 3309. As would be expected from a vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton District the wine is very darkly colored, dense and lush. Fruits tend to be darker such as plum, cassis and black cherry.
The vineyard was planted in 1989 and represents the definable change of the Jory soils of the Dundee Hills to the sedimentary soil of the Yamhill-Carlton District. It is spaced 7’ by 5’ and is planted to the Wadenswil clone. The soil, known as Willakenzie, is a well-drained shallow soil over siltstone. It lies at an elevation of 350′. The vineyard consistently produces small berries and clusters that are intensely colored. The wine possesses the character of black fruits, cocoa, leather and earth. Approximately 400 cases are produced. Jim Stonebridge and Kathleen Boeve own the vineyard. It is managed by Joel Myers.
Located in the Yamhill-Carlton District, this is a densely planted vineyard (1 meter x 2 meters). The sedimentary soil, know as Wellsdale, is extremely well drained and promotes early ripening. Elevation is 400′ with a south-southwest inclination. Slopes are 5 to 15 degrees. Half of the vineyard was planted in 1992 to the Dijon 115 clone grafted on 3309. The second half was originally planted to Dijon Chardonnay clones but was grafted in 2000 to the Dijon 777 clone of Pinot noir. The wine from this site is powerful, dense and deeply colored focusing mainly on black fruits. Approximately 700 cases are produced. Don and Carole McCrone are the vineyard owners. Mark Gould is the vineyard manager.
This is the first vineyard directly owned and developed by Ken Wright Cellars. The vineyard is located in the Yamhill-Carlton District northeast of Carlton. First planted with 4.5 acres of clones 777 and 115 on phylloxera resistant rootstock.. Total planted acreage as of spring 2002 is approximately 17 acres. Vine spacing is 6.5’ x 4’ and the elevations averages 450’. The soil is comprised of marine sediments known as Wellsdale and Willakenzie. These are sandy soils which drain quickly and hasten the ripening process. Our first commercial crop, 2002, has produced a muscular wine that has aromas of dense black fruit, seared meat, cedar and anise. Approximately 240 cases are produced. Ken and Karen Wright are owners. The vineyard is managed by Mark Gould.
This site is in the Yamhill-Carlton District just west of the Chehalem Valley. Our fruit is sourced from three small blocks, one of which is planted to the Pommard clone, one to the Dijon 114 clone and the last to Dijon 777 clone. Soils are primarily of the Goodin and Melbourne type which are sedimentary in origin. The three blocks range in elevation from 450 to 600 feet and were planted in 1989. The wine from this vineyard has a complex array of aromas and flavors including black and red fruits, particularly blueberry, spice and earth. Approximately 725 cases are produced. The vineyard is owned by Dick and Deirdre Shea and managed by Javier Marin.
Vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge AVA:
The Bryce vineyard is located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. It was planted in 1999 by Bryce and Marcia Bagnall. This is the first Ribbon Ridge AVA wine we have produced in many years. We are very excited to have established a long term lease with Marcia Bagnall for this exceptional vineyard sight
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