2006 Ken Wright "Nysa" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1271657 93 points Wine Spectator

 Polished, generous and refined, this is very well-focused, with raspberry, cinnamon, red cherry and sandalwood flavors that persist enticingly on the long, harmonious finish. Drink now through 2016. (HS)  (12/2008)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Pinot Noir Nysa, sourced from a densely planted Dundee Hills vineyard, is medium ruby-colored with a nose of toasty cherries and cassis leading to a wine with excellent concentration and depth and the structure to evolve for 1-2 years. This lengthy effort will be at its best from 2010 to 2018. (JM)  (10/2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red. Vibrant redcurrant and strawberry aromas offer energetic cut and excellent precision. Clean and bracing, with vivid red berry and blood orange flavors and dusty minerality. A racy, distinctly fresh and tangy Pinot, with the balance to reward cellaring. (JR)  (5/2008)

K&L Notes

Since 1994 Ken Wright cellars has been making exemplary Willamette Valley wines, with a focus on vineyard designated bottlings. But if you've never tried a Ken Wright wine, or are looking for something that delivers a lot of bang for your buck, then you should not miss out on this bottling. Nysa Vineyard is located in the Dundee Hills next to Archery Summit and Domaine Drouhin in Oregon.

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


- 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.