Thursday, March 8, 2012

Ken Wright Cellars 2006 Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Ken Wright Cellars is located in rural Carleton, Oregon, and is focused on producing vineyard designated Pinot Noirs with tons of character. The Carter Vineyard is located in the Eola Hills and its soil is mostly formed from weathered rock.

This 2006 Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir is a fine example of their spectacular work. This is my first Ken Wright Cellars wine and I was surprised at the complexity.

The 2006 vintage was exceptionally warm and dry and said to produce lush, ready to drink wines. We found that the tannins remained structured with this Pinot. The nuances for this wine were rampant: smokiness, dark chocolate and blueberries.

We dined on lamb chops, and the Carter Vineyard Pinots stood up beautifully to the meat. This is a wine to savor and enjoy the many layers of taste. Allow this wine time in your glass, give a few swirls while you engage in witty repartee and you will be rewarded as it opens up.

It provides a different and enjoyable take on Pinot Noir. It’s not a shy, weak cherry sipper. Instead the 2006 Ken Wright Cellars Carter Vineyard Pinot rolls along the forest floor and through the blueberry bushes to emerge with a stylish, distinctive wine.

It’s a great ride!

Rating: 4.5 of 5
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