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Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Enthusiast, 93 Wine Spectator, 92 The Wine Advocate, 92 International Wine Cellar
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Other Info: Boutique Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 13.3%
Item no. 102983
Located at the southern end of the Eola Hills and faces southeast. The vines were planted in 1982 and 1983. They are vertically trellised and are of the Pommard clone. Elevation is 450' to 550'. The soil is a mix of Jory and Nekia. Both are formed from igneous rock and have a reddish-brown tint. This site, however, has less depth than similar soils in the Dundee Hills. Wine from this vineyard is typically very forward, with aromas of black cherry and cola. Approximately 625 cases are produced.
The top wine from Ken Wright in 2008, this beautifully elegant wine clocks in at just 13.3% alcohol, yet delivers a mouthful of delicious flavors. A lovely mix of cranberry, pomegranate and wild raspberry is annotated with dusty herb. Excellent midpalate concentration and length.
Big flavors on a polished frame make this intensely focused wine dance nicely, offering currant, blackberry and plum fruit, with hints of pepper and spice as the finish lingers effortlessly.
The 2008 Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vineyard (owned by Ken Wright) is a bit darker in color. It reveals an enticing perfume of balsam wood, smoke, Asian spices, violets, black cherry, and black raspberry. This is followed by a medium-bodied, sweetly-fruited, intense wine with plenty of structure, vibrant acidity, and several years of aging potential. This mouth-filling Pinot will offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2023.
Bright ruby-red. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of red fruit preserves, white pepper and potpourri; more expressive than the Nysa and also richer. Then high-pitched and intense in the mouth, with a penetrating quality to the sappy raspberry and herb flavors. This powerful yet vibrant wine finishes with lingering perfume and an echo of succulent herbs.