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.
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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