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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 4 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2010 vintage.)
ProducerKen Wright (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardNysa Vineyard
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationWillamette Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Nysa Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.3 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 10 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Ed B on 8/28/2015 & rated 93 points: Drank as part of a vertical, 2004-2007, of Nysa Vineyard Pinots, plus this '09 Ken Wright Nysa Vnyd. Follow-ups were other '07 & '09 Pinots from Dundee Hills. Even after some really nice wines, this one blew everyone's socks off. Love '09 OR Pinots; love Ken Wright; so this was another great one. (293 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 8/1/2013 & rated 89 points: Willamette Valley Oregon Trip 4 & 1/2 Days; 7/29/2013-8/4/2013 (Willamette Valley, Oregon): Spice, wood shavings, darker fruit, dry tannins, woody, spicy, intense finish. (2000 views)
 Tasted by gbm on 3/8/2013 & rated 88 points: Nice light pinot. Beautiful rich purple. Not much nose. Lots of cherry on the palate. Medium acid, but this fades quickly leaving a nice smooth finish. (5+10+16+7) (1282 views)
 Tasted by Serge Birbrair on 5/23/2012: not my favorite from KW 2009 offerings. Something is missing there. (1765 views)
 Tasted by pbard on 1/13/2011 & rated 91 points: Intense fruit on the nose gets your attention, flavors open across the palette steadily, with some dryness from tannins towards the end. Long finish, great structure, really showcases what a Pinot can be. (2072 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, July/August 2011, IWC Issue #157
(Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Nysa Vineyard Dundee Hills) Subscribe to see review text.
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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, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

Nysa Vineyard

//Nysa Vineyard// was planted in 1990 to own-rooted Pommard and Wadenswil. Located in the heart of the Dundee Hills between Domaine Drouhin and Archery Summit with a southeast to northeast inclination. Jory soil. The nose exhibits a mix of red and black fruits. The wines are forward, textural and elegant. Approximately 350 cases are produced. The vineyard is owned and managed by Michael Mega.

//Vineyards of the Dundee Hills//

Vineyards planted in the Dundee Hills of the northern Willamette Valley provided the start for the modern wine industry of Oregon. These initial plantings took place in the late 1960ís and early 1970ís. The most common soil type of the area is described as Jory. These soils are volcanic in origin with basalt as the mother rock. They are unusually deep for hillsides, often 6 to 8 feet to bedrock. There is also a high percentage of clay in the soil which, combined with the soil depth, tends to hold moisture later into the season than other soils we work with. The wine from this region typically displays aromas of red fruits, strawberry, cherry and raspberry. The mouth feel is often rich and emollient.


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