Ken Wright Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

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Ken Wright Cellars is devoted to showcasing the unique qualities and complexities of specific vineyard sites. They believe that the source of the grapes is everything, which is why they work with many small vineyards, typically owned by hard-working families who dedicate themselves to growing exceptional grapes. They also believe that they have chosen the Willamette Valley's best sites for Pinot Noir. Ken Wright was the first winemaker to bottle a vineyard-designate Pinot from the now famous Shea vineyard site.

The Shea vineyard site is in the Yamhill-Carlton District just west of the Chehalem Valley. Ken Wright's fruit is sourced from three small blocks, two of which are planted to the Pommard clone, with the third to Wadenswil.  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 originally planted in 1989. Trellis style is vertical shoot positioning.  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.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Country United States
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Brand Ken Wright
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Wine SpectatorTaut and deftly wrought, with pretty mulberry and pomegranate flavors on a transparent frame, veiling the extended finish in delicately peppery tannins. Has presence and persistence. Best from 2018 through 2024. 1,465 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, February 28, 2017
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Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard, from vines planted in 1989 (since affected by phylloxera), offers one of the best aromatics from Ken Wright. I appreciate the delineation here, precise and focused with lifted red fruit mixed with stony, woodland aromas. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, bright red fruit intermingle with fine mineralité, with a vivacious finish that is very satisfying. This should age with style.

Neal Martin, June 2016