February 11, 2013
Continuing with the theme from last week, we taste two more 2011 bottles from Ken Wright Cellars. This time, we taste wine from the McCrone and Guadalupe vineyards, which are both located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.
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February 4, 2013
We always like to check in on the new releases from Ken Wright. He’s been making Oregon Pinot Noir for many years, and with his range of single vineyard bottles, it’s always a great way to check in on the latest vintage. This year, we ended up with 4 bottles, and decided to break the tasting into two shows. This week, we taste the Shea Vineyard and the Canary Hill Vineyard.
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November 12, 2012
We met Kim Kramer about a year ago when our friend Beau moved to Oregon. At various social events, we discussed the new things she was doing at her family winery, Kramer Vineyards, and her excitement for their vineyards. A few tastings of their wines proved enjoyable, and we finally managed to schedule a visit to the winery to do an interview. They have some unique vineyards and an ambitious Brut program, and we hope you enjoy Kim’s insights as we discuss the wine. In this show, we taste the 2010 Kramer Vineyards Brut, the 2010 Kramer Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, the 2010 Kramer Vineyards Cardiac Hill Pinot Noir, and the 2010 Kramer Vineyards Estate Müller-Thurgau.
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We had fun with the blind show last week, so when Chas arrived with 3 bottles of Pinot Noir in a bag, we decided to blind these too. This show was double blind for Dan, and single blind for Chas. We taste the 2010 vintage of Matello Lazarus, Luminous Hills Estate, and Evesham Wood La Grive Bleue.
What is your favorite Oregon Pinot Noir in the $20 to $30 price range?
It’s been far too long since we’ve done a blind show. We realized that we had three similarly priced bottles Oregon Pinot Noir on hand for shows, and thought that they’d be fun to do blind. All three AVA’s are represented, and the wines are all from respected producers and vineyards. I’m sure plenty of viewers have tasted these wines, so we’d like to hear your thoughts on them in the comments. We taste the 2009 Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, the 2009 Shea Wine Cellars Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir, and the 2009 Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir.
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Every year, we look forward to tasting some of the single vineyard Pinot Noir wines from Ken Wright Cellars. They’re always some of the first wines released, and it’s a great chance to see grapes from the same vintage and wine maker express themselves across a number of different vineyards. We always find a few that we like, and since these wines get pretty good distribution, most of you can probably find a bottle locally. This year, we taste the 2010 Pinot Noir from McCrone, Carter, and Canary Hill Vineyards.
Do you know of a vineyard that consistently expresses character?
January 16, 2012
John Lyon from Idealist Wines sent us a nice email in December and some samples shortly afterward. Thanks! We enjoyed all three of them, and we’re excited to share some thoughts on some Oregon wines that are new to us. We taste the 2010 Aristocrat Gewurztraminer, the 2009 Diplomat Pinot Noir, and the 2009 Historian Pinot Noir.
Out of the wines that have been released already, what is your favorite 2010 Oregon Pinot Noir?
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March 26, 2011
This week we stay in Oregon and review a couple of local Rieslings, the 2009 David Hill Willamette Valley Estate Riesling, and the 2009 Anne Amie Yamhill-Carlton Estate Riesling.
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January 10, 2011
Ken Wright’s 2009 Pinot Noir line up was released not too long ago, and we picked up 3 half bottles to taste on the show. He’s a long standing, high quality producer, and we always like to check out his new wines every year. If you’re trying to explore the character of Oregon vineyards, his large single vineyard lineup is a great way to get some information and experience! We’ve both tasted older bottles that speak well of his wine’s aging potential. For this show, we tasted the 2009 Ken Wright Guadalupe, McCrone, and Shea.
What is your favorite Ken Wright bottle?