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Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Latchkey Vineyard 2020

America, Oregon

TASTING NOTES: Red fruit focused. Red fruits of strawberry, bing cherry and red plum swirl with sweet hints of vanilla, and brioche.

VINTAGE: The 2020 growing season began in early/mid-April with
beautiful weather that had us progressing well into the first stages of
flowering the second week of June. However, over a string of 10 days, the temperature dropped significantly, and it rained steadily. This weather had a profound effect on the fertility of our flowers, resulting in one the lightest crops in the modern industry’s history. A silver lining to this low crop was that the clusters were very open and loose, which allowed for good air movement and disease prevention. The fruit was incredibly healthy. The berries were also very small in size which meant a higher precentage of skin to juice ratio. Higher levels of skin to juice will result in greater concentration of color, aroma and flavor. Like 1998, our 2020 wine is dense and rich but in short supply.

Warm temperatures and high winds caused several local fires in the Willamette Valley that affected nearby vineyards in late summer. Of the 13 sites that we source, only one had detectable issues and it was minimal and isolated to one area of the vineyard. We were fortunate that our vineyards were located in areas that were far from the live fires.

Country America
Region Oregon
Appellation Dundee Hills
Winery Ken Wright Cellars
Vintage 2020
Color Red
Varietal(s) 100% Pinot Noir
¥13,200  (incl. tax)

TASTING NOTES: Red fruit focused. Red fruits of strawberry, bing cherry and red plum swirl with sweet hints of vanilla, and brioche.

VINTAGE: The 2020 growing season began in early/mid-April with
beautiful weather that had us progressing well into the first stages of
flowering the second week of June. However, over a string of 10 days, the temperature dropped significantly, and it rained steadily. This weather had a profound effect on the fertility of our flowers, resulting in one the lightest crops in the modern industry’s history. A silver lining to this low crop was that the clusters were very open and loose, which allowed for good air movement and disease prevention. The fruit was incredibly healthy. The berries were also very small in size which meant a higher precentage of skin to juice ratio. Higher levels of skin to juice will result in greater concentration of color, aroma and flavor. Like 1998, our 2020 wine is dense and rich but in short supply.

Warm temperatures and high winds caused several local fires in the Willamette Valley that affected nearby vineyards in late summer. Of the 13 sites that we source, only one had detectable issues and it was minimal and isolated to one area of the vineyard. We were fortunate that our vineyards were located in areas that were far from the live fires.

Country America
Region Oregon
Appellation Dundee Hills
Winery Ken Wright Cellars
Vintage 2020
Color Red
Varietal(s) 100% Pinot Noir
Data
Closure Synthetic Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.7%
Product Code 2076920
UPC 6-41919-00082-0
Winery

Winery Description

Located in rural Carlton, Oregon, Ken Wright Cellars is devoted to single vineyard Pinot Noir that showcase the terroir of some of the Willamette Valley's top vineyards. Assiduous attention is paid to optimal site selection and vineyard health. Source is everything. When you work with great sites, great things can happen. These great things cannot happen without a commitment by the Vineyard owner to the health of the vineyard and extremely low crop levels that ensure intensity of aroma, flavor and texture. Certain things in this world are better left alone. Minimal handling of the wine is essential to preserve what it is, a gift of nature. This winemaking philosophy defines Ken Wright Cellars. Ken Wright is very active in local charities and was instrumental in organizing the six new American Viticultural Areas that define the Northern Willamette Valley. Ken wrote the proposition for the Yamhill-Carlton AVA and served as the association's first President.