2018 Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Carter Vineyard

Pinot Noir - 750ML
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WE 94 VN 93 WS 93
WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, March 2022

This vineyard is maturing into something special. The pie cherry fruit has a burnished softness, with highlights of plum pudding. It's broad and textured, coating the palate and continuing on through a finish dappled...
VN 93

Vinous, February 2022

Saturated magenta. Potent cherry, mulberry, licorice and allspice aromas are complemented by a suave potpourri flourish. Juicy and expansive in the mouth, offering concentrated red and blue fruit, cola and floral pastille...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, March 2022

Brooding and well-framed, with deep raspberry, black tea and dusky spice notes, which build tension and density toward medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2030. 791 cases made. — TF


Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region Oregon
Sub-region Willamette Valley
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.8%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Carter Vineyard is a red wine that hails from the esteemed region of Willamette Valley in Oregon, USA. This wine exemplifies the exceptional craftsmanship and dedication of the renowned producer, Ken Wright Cellars. With an alcohol percentage of 13.8%, this Pinot Noir showcases the finesse and elegance that the grape varietal is known for.

In the glass, the wine displays a captivating deep red color that hints at its intensity and complexity. The nose is greeted with enticing aromas of ripe pie cherries, mulberries, and licorice, complemented by alluring notes of black tea, dusky spice, and potpourri. These fragrances intertwine harmoniously, creating an inviting bouquet that promises a delightful tasting experience.

On the palate, the wine reveals its true character. The pie cherry fruit takes center stage, offering a burnished softness that caresses the senses. Plum pudding flavors add depth and richness, while hints of cola and floral pastille provide a captivating complexity. The texture is broad and textured, coating the palate with its velvety embrace. As the flavors unfold, notes of biscuit and pie crust emerge, adding a delightful touch of indulgence.

The balance in this wine is impeccable, with the acidity providing a refreshing lift that keeps the palate engaged. The finish is long and satisfying, dappled with bright mineral undertones and a seamless, floral-tinged elegance. This Pinot Noir is already showing great potential, but it also has the structure and finesse to age gracefully for years to come.

Wine Enthusiast awarded this wine an impressive score of 94, noting its maturation into something special. Wine Spectator also recognized its excellence, giving it a score of 93 and praising its brooding nature and well-framed structure. Vinous joins in the acclaim, awarding it another score of 93 and celebrating its juicy and expansive style.

With only 791 cases produced, this limited-edition wine is a true gem that showcases the best of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, the 2018 Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Carter Vineyard is a wine that will impress even the most discerning wine connoisseurs.