2006 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton (4/10/2009)
– popped and poured –
– tasted non-blind over 3 days –
NOSE: very sweet/ripe fruits: strawberry, plum, and blueberry (fruits got darker smelling with air time); initial sulfur note blew-off shortly after opening; earthy pine; hints of pinot funk, brown twigs, and Topps bubble gum. Bouquet was much spicier on Day 3.
BODY: sediment present; garnet core lightening to brick red at the edges; color is of medium-light depth; medium - medium-full bodied.
TASTE: very sweet; very ripe; extremely tart acidity – (was this “spoofulated”?); a bit alcoholic-tasting (comes across as more alcoholic than the labeled 13.5%); lush mouthfeel; earth, oak (a bit more than I’d prefer) and strawberries; this wine is much riper than I expect and prefer from Oregon pinot; not tannic or harsh, but not exactly elegant either; very weak mid-palate; 40-45 sec. finish. A huge disappointment. It was a little better on Days 2 and 3 than it was on Day 1, but it still didn’t rise above disappointing. This was the first Ken Wright I’ve had, so I have no others to compare it to. I am sincerely hoping the '06 Meredith Mitchell I’m still sitting on is better than this.
B: 50, 5, 11, 14, 6 = 86 (86 pts.)
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