Consumed over two nights. Definite bricking. Big, big nose still showing lots of fruit, as well as blood orange, leather and licorice. As it opens, there's almost a Nebbiolo tar and roses thing on the nose here, interesting. Noticable oak on the initial palate, vanillin. The mid palate is very broad, not terribly complex, but broad. Ripe fruit, filling, plush. However, there's a counterbalancing acidic spine that helps subdue the plushness of the fruit. The finish is showing some age as it becomes attenuated towards the end. Was a better stand alone bottle than paired with food (one of those sit and ponder bottles).
Popped and poured. Good rich color, with faint bricking showing on the rim. The nose is strong cinnamon and fresh fruit with some fun funk on the edges. The initial palate is clean: good fruit. A nice transition to fine tannins and some fresh acidity. The finish is long, with decent complexity. Nice bottle, it certainly isn't getting any better, so drink up if you have it.
Going strong at year 11. Medium red, nice pinot funk on nose. Residual fruit in good balance with subtle trannins. Nice acidity and smooth moderately long finish. Not quite as delightful as a recent 1998 Shea, suggesting this one may go for even a few more years before hitting, peak. Amazing durability of these Wright pinots. Dead by day 2 (altough the friend I was staying with did not havef a vacuum sealer)
Garnet color in the glass, slight cloudiness. Nose started with a bit of barnyard followed by black berries, black cherries and some notes of underbrush. Flavors of black berries and black cherries. Light to medium acidity, resolved tannins, medium body. Drink now.
BYOB at Bistro Maison, McMinnville. Much darker than last two bottles, very dark purple for a PN. Not one of your dainty, elegant pinots, it is full-bodied, with black fruit flavors, layers of complexity, and a huge chewy finish. Easily stood up to steak au poivre. It didn't change a bit over 90 minutes. Unlike the last bottle, which I thought had peaked, this one had 10 years left. I can't explain the bottle variation but this was excellent.
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(Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard) Ken Wright Pinots Blindtasted 1998-2002: Group's #12, my #2 - bright red fruit, beautiful nose; tasty, subtle red fruit, smoke, with good balance; medium finish 93+ points
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