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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 9 
ProducerKen Wright (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardCanary Hill
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationEola - Amity Hills

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2018 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.2 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 21 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by cliffkol on 11/16/2014 & rated 89 points: A little too fruity for my taste. Slight sweetness. But the acidity keeps this wine in the right ballpark. A well made, balanced, concentrated wine. Layered with a nice finish. Bright, forward flavors of cherries, earth, spices. (482 views)
 Tasted by H Crenshaw on 7/27/2014 & rated 90 points: Nice earthiness and fruit to this. Enjoyable now. (506 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 5/29/2014 & rated 91 points: Great balance and depth with a nice note of rustic to complement the fruit. From 375ml.
I don't have much experience with Oregon Pinot Noir, but if they all taste like this then I must start looking for more! ;) (756 views)
 Tasted by chatters on 4/25/2014: Spring Bacchanal with Winemaker Ken Wright (Roti Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan): slight dusty notes, cream, red berry, spice, Oregon. In the mouth the wine is very spicy with red current over berries an, perhaps touches or residual sugar or, perhaps, over ripe fruit. Plenty of tongue coating tannic grip. Hmm. (864 views)
 Tasted by robmillis on 2/28/2014 & rated 89 points: A fine example of Eola hills, lovely balance, simple but elegant. Everything one expects from an Oregon pinot at the top of the game, though nothing necessarily makes it stand out among others.

Perfect for pork loin, flank steak. Drinking very well right now. (856 views)
 Tasted by zscheiner on 9/10/2012 & rated 91 points: Pretty, floral, red fruited nose. Great depth of fruit on the palate, raspberries and cherries, with plenty of acidity keeping it fresh. Lovely, pure example of OR pinot. (1817 views)
 Tasted by blackswan on 5/11/2012: Still quite acidic to me at this point. Needs more time (1657 views)
 Tasted by gripNsip on 2/22/2012 & rated 91 points: Just awesome. Showing more color in glass than the Carter and McCrone that were tasted side-by-side. Nice depth in the nose to the red fruit, spice, and showing just a touch of vanilla. Smells great. The palate shows bright, pure red fruit, some spice, some earth, and with awesome acidity that brings in a red grapefruit flavor on the mid-palate. A bit more intense acidity here, but the fruit stands up to it and the flavors move onto the finish with no gaps and hang for a long amount of time. Great finish here. Overall a great wine, and out of the three tasted, this was easily mine and my friends favorite. A bit complex, a bit rich, awesome fruit, awesome structure. Good stuff. (1907 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 2/6/2012 & rated 92 points: Unmistakingly Ken Wright, this effort boasts of stable, a slight whiff of horse manure and the classy tones of rainy deciduous forest paired with autumn apples. The palate exposes a very pleasant acidity and sandy tannins. Ok length on the finish. Overall impression is very positive. (1930 views)

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Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

Canary Hill

//Canary Hill Vineyard// is 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.

//Vineyards of the Eola Hills://

The main development of the Eola Hills area took place from the mid 1970ís through the early 1980ís. 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.


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