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Ken Wright Cellars Nysa Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Winemaker Notes

Fruit focused and the least tannic of the line-up. Textured and elegant with red fruit, including strawberry, light raspberry, and cherry.

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ST 91
International Wine Cellar

Vivid ruby. Intense, spice-accented aromas of blackberry, cherry compote and underbrush, with mocha and vanilla nuances emerging with air. Juicy and focused in the mouth, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. Fine-grained tannins add shape and grip to the long, juicy, penetrating finish. This could use a few more years of age but drinks very well with an hour or so of aeration.

WS 90
Wine Spectator

Light and fragrant, with an iodine note weaving through the red berry and spice flavors, lingering easily against refined tannins. Drink now through 2017. 495 cases made.

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Ken Wright Cellars, , Oregon
Ken Wright Cellars
Located in rural Carlton, Oregon, Ken Wright Cellars is devoted to showcasing the inherent quality of selected vineyard sites. With a clarity and breadth that is unequaled by other varieties, we believe Pinot noir best expresses the character of these sites. Rather than stamping wine with a varietal trademark, Pinot noir is the ultimate vehicle for conveying the aroma, flavor and texture of the location in which it is grown.

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