Monday, February 15, 2016

Ken Wright - 2014 in stock - amazing vintage

Taste Ken Wright!
Friday February 19th from 4-6pm

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105

Now that the 2014 Ken Wright Pinot Noir's are in stock we thought tasting a few of them would be a good idea. Join us from 4-6 on Friday Februry 19th and taste a great line-up:

See for yourself how good this vintage is....

  • 2014 Ken Wright Shea Vineyard
  • 2014 Ken Wright Carter Vineyard
  • 2014 Ken Wright Bryce Vineyard
  • 2014 Ken Wright Freedom Hill

2014 Ken Wright Pinot Noir IN STOCK!

We are just starting to see some of these exciting Pinots hit the market. The early reports of the 2014 vintage are that we have another 2012 in the making and possibly even better. “As improbable as it may sound, 2014 is shaping up as a vintage that’s at least the equal of 2012”- Josh Raynolds Vinous Media

In stock now

Don't wait for the scores to come out, much like the 2012's these 2014's will be sold out by then.

2014 Ken Wright Abbot Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir....$44.99 

(24 bottles)
This site is a portion of the original John F. Abbott Donation Land Claim and lies in the middle of Savannah Ridge, a small east-west ridgeline of sedimentary rock just east of Carlton. This is a consistent broad face of land with soil depths of 30 inches to mother rock. Elevation ranges from 400' to 475' and the inclination is S-SE. Soils are mostly Wellsdale with some areas of Willakenzie, Melbourne and Peavine. All of them lie atop mother rock of fractured sandstone and siltstone.  The planted acreage totals 17 acres. Vines are roughly an equal mix of Pommard clone on Riparia Gloire rootstock, 777 on 101-14 and 115 on both 101-14 and 3309. As would be expected from a vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton District the wine is very darkly colored, dense and lush. Fruits tend to be darker such as plum, cassis and black cherry.  Ken and Karen Wright own the vineyard. Mark Gould is the vineyard manager.

2014 Ken Wright Bryce Vineyard Pinot Noir...$44.99
(36 bottles)

2014 Ken Wirght Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir...$44.99
(36 bottles)
Located just 1 mile from Canary Hill in the Eola Hills, Carter Vineyard is lower on the hillside yet has a leaner and less fertile soil. It is mainly Nekia soil, which is formed from weathered basic rock. It lies at an elevation of 325' and was planted in 1983. This bottling is comprised of the Wadenswil, Dijon 777, Dijon 667, Dijon 115, and Pommard clones. The wine is much firmer than Canary Hill in its youth but evolves beautifully after a few years in bottle to show dark fruits and fresh, healthy earth scents. Approximately 650 cases are produced. The vineyard is owned by Jack and Kathleen Carter, and managed by Mark Gould.

2014 Ken Wright Freedom Hill Pinot Noir...$44.99
(24 bottles)
Freedom Hill Vineyard is located in the Coast Range just south of Dallas, OR. The soil type is known as Bellpine, which is sedimentary in origin. The fruit from our 2.85 acre block is wholly Pommard clone. The vineyard was originally planted in 1980. Wines from this site were once the firmest and most structured that we worked with. After replanting from phylloxera devastation the site was refitted with a vertical shoot position trellis. This switch from a hanging trellis affords more shading of the fruit area. The less exposed berries have thinner skins and lighter tannin levels which allow the resulting wine to be lush and approachable at an earlier age. Approximately 340 cases are produced. The vineyard is owned and managed by Dan & Helen Dusschee.

2014 Ken Wright McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir...$44.99
(24 bottles)
Located in the Yamhill-Carlton District, this is a densely planted vineyard (1 meter x 2 meters). The sedimentary soil, know as Wellsdale, is extremely well drained and promotes early ripening. Elevation is 400' with a south-southwest inclination. Slopes are 5 to 15 degrees. Half of the vineyard was planted in 1992 to the Dijon 115 clone grafted on 3309. The second half was originally planted to Dijon Chardonnay clones but was grafted in 2000 to the Dijon 777 clone of Pinot noir. The wine from this site ages very well. It is powerful, dense and deeply colored focusing mainly on black fruits. Approximately 700 cases are produced. Don and Carole McCrone are the vineyard owners. Mark Gould and Taylor Varuska are the vineyard managers.

2014 Ken Wirght Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir...$44.99
(36 bottles)
This is the first vineyard directly owned and developed by Ken Wright Cellars. The vineyard is located in the Yamhill-Carlton District northeast of Carlton. Planting began in 1999 with 4.5 acres of clones 777 and 115 on phylloxera resistant rootstock. Total planted acreage as of spring 2002 is approximately 17 acres. Vine spacing is 6.5' x 4' and the elevations averages 450'. The soil is comprised of marine sediments known as Wellsdale and Willakenzie. These are sandy soils which drain quickly and hasten the ripening process. Our first commercial crop, 2002, has produced a muscular wine that has aromas of dense black fruit, seared meat, cedar and anise. Approximately 240 cases are produced. Ken and Karen Wright are owners. The vineyard is managed by Mark Gould and Taylor Varuska.

2014 Ken Wright Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir...$22.99 / 375ml
(24 bottles)
2014 Ken Wright Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir...$44.99 / 750ml
(36 bottles)
This site is in the Yamhill-Carlton District just west of the Chehalem Valley. Our fruit is sourced from three small blocks, two of which are planted to the Pommard clone, with the third to Wadenswil. Soils are primarily of the Goodin and Melbourne type which are sedimentary in origin. The three blocks range in elevation from 450 to 600 feet and were originally planted in 1989. Trellis style is vertical shoot positioning. The wine from this vineyard has a complex array of aromas and flavors including black and red fruits, particularly blueberry, spice and earth. Approximately 725 cases are produced. The vineyard is owned by Dick and Deirdre Shea.

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