2015 Ken Wright Cellars, Pinot Noir, Savoya Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
One of the most beautiful wines I’ve tasted from Ken Wright, it has the quality of some of Oregon’s great vintages, 1994, 1998, 2008 and 2014, it is ripe and opulent, but it has depth of flavor and structure that is a hallmark of Ken’s wines historically. The 2015 Savoya is less fruity than the broader Shea, but no less sexy and intriguing, in fact it is just that little bit of restraint that makes this wine so alluring and desirable, it is made from mostly Dijon clones grown on marine sediment soils, Willakenzie/Wellsdale, and gravel, which adds to the deep color and complexity. This wine is and will be thrilling and is certainly a wine that offers rewards in texture and is very stylish in nature with pretty floral and spice detail on the bouquet and lush satiny fruit on the full palate showing black cherry, currant, plum and blackberry along with crushed violets, salty stones, tea spice, earth, smoky vanilla, lavender/rose oil and mocha. Everything folds together in near perfect harmony and with great class, it really keeps your full attention from start to finish and the youthful acidity and fruit is lifting and exciting, I can’t wait to see this wine again in 10 or 15 years, it’s just brilliant and looks to reaffirm Wright as one of the elite producers of Pinot Noir in America, not just Oregon!
($58 Est.) 94-96 Points, grapelive

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