Ken Wright Cellars McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Floral and spice focused. The highest natural tannins of all our sedimentary sites with briary, tobacco, and fresh-turned Earth qualities.
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The Wine Advocate - "The 2005 Pinot Noir McCrone Vineyard falls on the dark fruit side of the spectrum both aromatically and on the palate. It has a plush presence in the mouth, superb balance, and a long, firm finish. Give it 6-8 years and drink it through 2030."
Wine Enthusiast - "Violets, sweet candy and Dr. Pepper scents rise from the glass, followed by full, confident fruit flavors, like a bowl of ripe cherries. The vineyard owners spend half the year in New Zealand, where they manage a similar vineyard; this could well pass for a kiwi-style Pinot with its lush, forward, fruit punch style."
International Wine Cellar - "Deep red with a bright rim. Vibrant black raspberry and strawberry jam aromas complemented by exotic cola and candied licorice. Sweet, supple dark berry flavors are gently lifted by a mineral element and become more tangy with air. The brisk red fruit flavors carry through a long, sappy finish. This is really delicious."
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Ken Wright Cellars Winery
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. View all Ken Wright Cellars Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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