Overview of the Wine
Over 40 years of wine making has taught Ken a simple truth: source is everything. Located, in rural Carlton, Oregon, Ken Wright Cellars is devoted to producing wine that showcase the inherent quality of world class vineyard sites. With a clarity and breadth that is unequaled, Pinot noir is the ultimate vehicle for conveying the aroma, flavor and texture of the location in which it is grown.
In 1986, with family, belongings and 10 barrels in tow, Ken moved to McMinnville and started Panther Creek Cellars. His concept of focusing on vineyard-designate bottling began during those years at Panther Creek and this was cemented as a core philosophy in 1994 when Ken Wright Cellars was founded. Ken Wright Cellars now produces a single vineyard Pinot Noir from 13 different vineyard sites in the Northern Willamette Valley.
Their approach to the craft of wine growing is one of stewardship rather than manipulation. We use organic certified practices as a base and expand upon that with advanced nutrition-based farming. By analyzing both their soil profile and vines, maintaining proper crop levels, personally sampling each vineyard, and hand-sorting each cluster, we ensure that the inherent character in the fruit is revealed in the finished wine. Minimal handling of wine is essential to preserve what it is; a gift of nature.
Grape / Blend
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir is floral and spice focused. The wine has a seamless palate weight with red and blue fruits, including anise, cola, raspberry, and black cherry.
Ken Wright Cellars is devoted to showcasing the inherent quality of selected vineyard sites. With 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. Ken Wright Cellars produces a single vineyard Pinot Noir from 13 different vineyard sites in the Northern Willamette Valley.
96 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Scents of tea, sassafras and tart cherry open the way to a bright palate.
Air this out and it brings up hints of umami and truffle, leading into an elegant and detailed finish with a dash of allspice. It’s a distinctive and unique expression of this iconic vineyard. Drink through 2030.
93 Points - Wine Spectator
Sumptuous and precise, this wine is structured and expressive, featuring detailed raspberry and cherry flavors, laced with blood orange and spiced tea accents. Drink now through 2028.
Product size: 750ml