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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Ken Wright Cellars Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001
Ken Wright Cellars Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001
(search item no. 55087)
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $46.99

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

Winemaker's Notes:

A small 5-acre vineyard 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 exclusively comprised of the Wadenswil clone. 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.

"Medium red. Reticent red fruit and floral aromas, complicated by a hint of apricot. Juicy, sharply defined cherry and raspberry flavors offer excellent intensity and inner-mouth perfume. Very firm, nicely balanced, youthful wine, finishing with firm tannins and very good grip. Offers a clarity of flavor and intensity of fruit I rarely find in Oregon pinot."
-International Wine Cellar

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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.