Wine of the Day December 11, 2013

2012KWNysa2012 Ken Wright, Pinot Noir “Nysa Vineyard” Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Ken Wright’s premier Dundee Hills Pinot, the Nysa, is a majestic wine of class, texture and sense of place, this is one of the best yet from this vineyard, and is just one of Ken’s fantastic set of 2012 Pinot Noirs. I honestly can’t remember a better lineup of young Oregon wines than what I saw in tasting the latest releases from Ken Wright, and the vintage is looking epic for the Willamette Valley, I have also sampled the 2012 Sineann Resonance which was a blockbuster, so I’m saying it is a safe bet to collect these 2012 Oregon wines. That said, it will be best, and most rewarding to allow them some time in the cellar, especially with Ken Wright’s wines, these are going to need time to show their massive potential, I think 3-5 years minimum to allow their greatness to really show through, they are very much like Premier Cru and Grand Cru Burgundy that way, and they are tight and firm right now. The 2012 Nysa is full of terroir, with the red soils of the Dundee Hills showing through with iron, red pepper and blueberry notes along with spiced plum, black cherry and red peach flesh on the palate with brisk acidity, ripe tannins and earthy charms. This wine is full of character and energy, it is gripping and looks set for delivering pleasure for up to a decade or more once it evolves and opens up. There is an underlying purity, and floral essence that is still too shy at this moment, I am excited to see what the future holds here, this is the stuff of legends, drink from 2018 to 2026, be patient!
($48 Est.) 94-96 Points, grapelive