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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Ken Wright Cellars Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Ken Wright Cellars Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 100229)
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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. Planting began in 1999 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.

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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.