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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 16 
ProducerKen Wright (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardShea Vineyard
SubRegionWillamette Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 4 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 43 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by stubbie999 on 1/23/2015: Super extracted and a layer of pruney/oxidized flavors. No other experience with Ken Wright/Shea, so I don't know if this is the way the wine should be (if so, meh), or a flawed nomacorc (damn plastic corks). Cellared well since release, so it's not a storage issue. Not great. (581 views)
 Tasted by garambler on 1/23/2015 & rated 90 points: This had a deep, rich, fragrant bouquet of smoke, burnt wood, black cherry, cola, sassafras and spice aromas. The palate was rich, ripe and dry with flavors of burnt toast, black cherry, blackberry, cola and spice. (559 views)
 Tasted by j77bman on 12/11/2014 & rated 90 points: Faint nose- typical of this variety. Warm dark fruits in the mouth. Balanced mid with medium finish. (642 views)
 Tasted by PourSomeRed on 11/28/2014 & rated 92 points: Very nice. picked up a smokey note amongst the red cherries. Drinking well now. (651 views)
 Tasted by lirvingham on 5/4/2014 & rated 91 points: Solid shea for a good price. My first KW, looking forward to exploring further. (1524 views)
 Tasted by PDD on 2/15/2014 & rated 92 points: Drank next to a Samsara and this won out by a couple of points. Nice bright fruit, but balanced alcohol. Strong Pinot. (1421 views)
 Tasted by otisabdul on 6/7/2013 & rated 86 points: Some off putting heat. Otherwise fine. (2222 views)
 Tasted by ersmith on 2/26/2013 & rated 91 points: Still young. Opened up after a few hours in the decanter. (2495 views)
 Tasted by Sestearns on 1/11/2013: It needed to breath a bit initially, but the wine is starting to build complexity and character. (2522 views)
 Tasted by jbouchy on 12/28/2012 & rated 90 points: Decanted for 2 hours and enjoyed with salmon and roasted potatoes with bacon...exquisite!! Nice effort from Ken Wright. Shea vineyard delivers nice complexity with Bing cherries. Acidity a bit strong but not overpowering. (1715 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 10/29/2012 & rated 90 points: Had this with Asian Food, really nice good rich body typical Shea Vineyard fruit delish mouth coating, depth of fruit excellent (2442 views)
 Tasted by PourSomeRed on 9/8/2012 & rated 88 points: Nice. It was a bit on the young side. It needs to soften up a bit. Once this happens it is an easy 90+. (1752 views)
 Tasted by alohaboys on 7/22/2012 & rated 93 points: Oregon in a glass. (1642 views)
 Tasted by BigSchmove on 6/12/2012 & rated 86 points: Was a good not great bottle. Very nice fruit on the nose and had a nice feel on the front of the tong but not much of a finish. I have had this in the past and enjoyed this bottle much less than in the past. at this price point can not afford to not be consistent. My two cents... (1891 views)
 Tasted by Thirsty1 on 6/9/2012: Had a 1/2 bottle with dinner at Little Palm Island. She had poached lobster and I the duck. A good compliment to both. SIlky with lots of raspberry and bing cherry. A winner. (1685 views)
 Tasted by wrichmon on 3/13/2012 & rated 93 points: Popped & Poured. Smell was ripe cherries with some darker fruit thrown in for good measure. Taste was delicious medium to full bodied juice that filled my palate with depth and complexity. (1904 views)
 Tasted by Serge Birbrair on 1/25/2012: still rustic and scratchy. Not at it's best at the moment. (2224 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 12/8/2011 & rated 93 points: Shea Tasting (Kevin's House): Cranberry, rose petals, dust and blueberries. A lot of wood up front and firm tannins. Over 3 hours it opened up and added a nice perfume element on the palate. Should get better. 93-94. (2872 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 11/29/2011 & rated 92 points: Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir Mini Offline (Rocknroller's (Kevin's)): Medium dark red. This had about an hour decant, it was noticeably lighter than the '05. This wine is clearly quite young, and evolved nicely over an hour and a half. The nose had distinct florals, earth, black cherry, with more spice and a wood. This is well balanced and fairly elegant on the palate with medium weight. There is a nice core of black cherry and some raspberry in the background, spice and wood, with a nice finish and some prominent tannins. This is drinking well with some air and should improve over 2-3 years. My and group #2 WOTN. (2659 views)
 Tasted by Mattshank on 11/29/2011 & rated 92 points: OR Pinot Tasting ~ Shea Vineyard Focus (Kevin's House): Nose: Perfumy with saddle leather aromas. Very cool nose. Palate: Good acidity from youth with red fruits and prominent spice. Medium length finish. This one took a while to open up but was worth the wait. Very nice with a good life ahead. My #2 WOTN and 92+ points. (2728 views)
 Tasted by BigSchmove on 6/10/2011 & rated 90 points: I found this to be very smooth. Has some spice to it. Need 20 or so min to open but very nice right now. I can't wait to see how this gets with a little age to it. (2841 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 5/17/2011 & rated 93 points: Lovely but still very young. The 2009 Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir explodes in Christmas spice, blueberries and a subtle but very present tone of wet tobacco leaves. It is still very young and a bit tight, though I am sure it will turn into a beauty in the future. Highly recommended. (Score is 92-94) (3083 views)
 Tasted by Terkel on 4/15/2011 & rated 93 points: Dinner with Lasse (My place): Medium red color. Compote of strawberry and rhubarb, and licorice on the full-throttle nose. Jammy, juicy red fruit on the palate, with loads of concentrated and intense strawberry, rhubarb and cherry, followed by licorice and chew tobacco on the finish. Great length. (3393 views)
 Tasted by canan on 3/18/2011 & rated 90 points: Not bad but did not get me real excited like the first time I tasted it.
Seemed to have closed down quite a lot and were very difficult to get it to show some fruit. (3539 views)
 Tasted by canan on 1/28/2011 & rated 94 points: Pinot BYO (kkwine cellar): Solid performance on the day.. (1230 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157
(Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District) Subscribe to see review text.
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Ken Wright

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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.

Shea Vineyard

Shea Vineyard was first planted to wine grapes in the late 1980s. Today Shea Vineyard is a 200-acre property with 140 planted acres. 135 of these acres are planted to Pinot noir vines and the balance is planted to Chardonnay.
The Shea vineyard is in the Yamhill-Carlton District just west of the Chehalem Valley. The fruit is sourced from three small blocks, one of which is planted to the Pommard clone, one to the Dijon 114 clone and the last to Dijon 777 clone. 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 planted in 1989. 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 and managed by Javier Marin.

Shea Vineyard is a 200 acre vineyard in Yamhill County, Oregon, owned by Dick and Deidre Shea. It is, by almost universal account, the most highly regarded vineyard in Oregon.
Shea sells grapes to some of Oregon's best wineries, and the vineyard has a reputation for producing some of the best Pinot noirs in the world, from such winemakers as Ken Wright and Mike Etzel of Beaux Freres. Shea planted the original 100-acre vineyard in 1988 and 1989 on its own roots, but has been systematically replanting with grafted vines over the past few years in response to phylloxera.

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Willamette Valley

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The vineyards of the Yamhill-Carlton District were planted mostly in the late 1980ís and early 1990ís. 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.

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