Community Tasting Notes (23) Avg Score: 90.2 points

  • Big, ripe, liqueur nose of blackberries, iodine and some minerals. This is sweet and lush to taste, enough that I am thinking bad thoughts, but just enough pinot typicity shows up to save the day. A Little tiring to drink. Pretty good, but not really my style.

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  • Deep color. Great Oregon pinot. Drinking well.

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  • Did not decant. Drank over the course of 2 hour dinner. Initially hot. Classic 2005 darkness/raisin-y fruit. Very rich and smooth, but lacking complexity and litheness. Towards the "California" end of the spectrum for Oregon Pinot. Not bad by any means, but did not quite live up to expectations given the winemaker and vineyard. Agree with others- no need to hold onto it longer at this point.

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  • Very dark for a pinot noir and cloudy when held over the light, which I like. No need to filter on my account. The Wright Shea is very enticing on the nose, not shy at all about showing off gobs of dark fruits and wood spice. The fruit displays no oxidation but is certainly ripe. What I missed on the nose was an aspect of soil, or earth, perhaps disguised by the high amount of glycerin. In the mouth this is velvety smooth with very little tannin and nice balance with things still just a bit disjointed pointing towards a wait time of another year before the wine really starts to harmonize. In my opinion descriptives for pinot noir should include finesse and elegance, two things this wine does not have and never will no matter how long you wait. Drink by 2018.

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  • My wife said that everyone loved this wine, even white wine drinkers. At its peak.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/7/2006, (See more on 93 points

    (Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard) Deep black red color, darkest of the flight; intriguing deep plummy nose with floral notes; tasty, rich, concentrated red fruit with integrated oak; medium-plus finish (should age very well)

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