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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Ken Wright Cellars Canary Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Ken Wright Cellars Canary Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 100228)
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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 is owned by Dick and Nancy Daniel, and managed by Mark Gould.

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About Ken Wright Cellars:

Located in rural Carlton, Oregon, Ken Wright Cellars is devoted to showcasing the inherent quality of selected vineyard sites. With a clarity and breadth that is unequaled by other varieties, we believe Pinot noir best expresses the character of these sites. Rather than stamping wine with a varietal trademark, Pinot noir is the ultimate vehicle for conveying the aroma, flavor and texture of the location in which it is grown.

We also have a place in our hearts for the limited production of two white wines, Chardonnay from Celilo Vineyard near White Salmon, Washington, and Pinot Blanc from Freedom Hill Vineyard and Meredith Mitchell Vineyard.