2010 Ken Wright Cellars, Pinot Noir “Shea Vineyard” Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
This beautiful and textured Pinot from the legendary Ken Wright is a fantastic gift to Pinot lovers from what was a very difficult year in the Willamette Valley. Without a question this must be one of the wines of the vintage and proves again that great vineyards and winemakers shine in off years, I would also suggest running out and finding some while it still is available! Ken is no stranger to making sublime wines, and this 2010 Shea is a masterpiece of terroir and elegance with succulent red fruits, subtle perfume, muted oak and graceful length. The nose starts grapey and with dried currants and rose petals emerging slowly leading to a round and lively palate of tangy plums, cherry and red nectarine with mineral tones, tea spices, licorice and ceps. The finish has a touch of candied citrus and raspberry cream plus a smoky/flinty note adding to the depth and magic, while refined tannins and acidity hold a firm grip on things in a youthful show of structure.
($60 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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