2007 Ken Wright "Shea Vineyard" Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir

SKU #1043012 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard is a blend of two clones. Dark ruby-colored, on the palate it is unusually dense for the vintage. Intensely flavored and succulent, it is my favorite of the collection. It should offer a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2022.  (10/2009)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red. Red and dark berries on the nose, with slow-building floral and spice qualities contributing complexity. Deeper flavors of cherry pit and blackberry on the palate, with fine-grained tannins lending support. The long, sappy finish repeats the cherry note and leaves clove and black tea notes in its wake. This greatly benefited from aeration and deserves patience.  (5/2009)

Wine Spectator

 Bright and jazzy, delivering a lively mouthful of raspberry, mint and floral aromas and flavors, lingering on the tart finish.  (12/2009)

K&L Notes

"Wait 'til the grapes taste good. Don't make sour wine, Papa." These are profound words from a six-year-old in a challenging harvest. But fortunately for us, Ken Wright heeded the advice of his daughter, Josie, and we were rewarded with a pretty exceptional range of wins in 2007 nonetheless. Perhaps the best known of Ken Wright's vineyard sources, the famous Shea Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton District produces some of the most legendary pinot noir fruit in Oregon, vintage after vintage. This is easily attributable to the careful attention paid to the vines, the site's slight elevation and well-drained sedimentary soils. And, for as good as these wines are, they're still reasonably priced. Which means our limited supplies will disappear quickly, so don't dawdle.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.