Community Tasting Notes (11) Avg Score: 91.1 points

  • Good, past it's prime.

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  • Out of mag and purchased on release and stored in a cold cellar. Big time brett and doa on top of that.

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  • Burgundy and pinot noir (Wink Wine Bar): I remember 6-7 years ago drinking four different 1998 Shea vineyard wines on the bocce court, and this was clearly the most complex and interesting of the group (Beau Freres, Shea Cellars, and St. Innocent), though all were great values in an excellent year for Oregon pinot. This time we had two groups tasting Ken Wright 1998 wines, with one group, "the bottle openers," picking this as its favorite, and the other group, with the bottle opened for an hour, picking the wine as its least favorite. So apparently the Carter vineyards got better, and the Shea less with time on the bottle. The first group thought the wine was the most complex, was reminiscent of the early Oregon years (1985 Ponzi, Rex Hill, etc), and had violet and floral notes, bright cherry, and was the most feminine wine in our flight (spoken by a true female). The second group found it lighter, had some secondary fermentation, was tight and muted, and had some sweet red currant, strawberry, and spearmint notes. The wine was clearly diminishing after more than an hour of air. Drink up, and you might really enjoy the first fifteen minutes of the wine.

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  • Same rating as last bottle, a real winnerrigh now, despite being ostensibly past prime. The funk and long spicey, mildly acidic finish goes on and on. Wish I could find some more.

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  • Very well preserved with mild pinot funk on its inky nose. Velvety mouthfeel with mild residual tannins. slightly hot over the first hour with amazing evolution to a complex, extremely well balanced, smooth and pleasurable pinot, with a 10 minute finish. Brought great pleasure to all.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    March/April 2000, IWC Issue #89, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard Willamette Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/16/2004, (See more on 87 points

    (Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard) Ken Wright Pinots Blindtasted 1998-2002: Group's #15, my #12 - spicy, sandalwood nose; tight, but good cherry, spice palate; short-medium finish

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