2005 Ken Wright "Savoya Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1125057 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 It's herbal, spicy, slightly animal and scented with rosemary. As with so many of these '05 Ken Wright Pinots, it is beautifully balanced and elegant, and this, more than any other, could pass for premier cru Burgundy. (PG)  (4/2007)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Pinot Noir 'Savoya Vineyard' is the first vineyard Ken Wright purchased and developed from scratch in 1998. It offers a fragrant perfume, a plush palate, and a lighter, more elegant style than its peers. There is bracing acidity to provide uplift, excellent balance, and ample ripe, sweet fruit. Drink this stylish Pinot over the next 8-10 years. (JM)  (10/2007)

90 points Vinous

 Deep red. Blackberry and raspberry preserve aromas, with a bright overlay of cinnamon and mace. Deeper blackberry and cassis flavors are gently supported by soft tannins and sweetened by seductive baking spices. Finishes juicy and long, with a sexy echo of baking spices. (JR)  (5/2007)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A relatively high-toned nose features mostly red raspberry but also hints of cranberry and briar that can also be found on the rich and generous light to middle weight flavors that possess good detail and a delicious, long and vibrant finish. This could use a bit more depth though this may very well come in time as there is enough material here to suggest 2 to 4 years of upside, perhaps a touch more in a cool cellar.  (10/2007)

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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.
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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. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- 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.