Somehow, in a stellar 2014 lineup, this vineyard designate stands out, as the 2012 did when it was the Wine Enthusiast 2015 wine of the year. Power and precision work in tandem here. The fruit blend conjures up melon, berry, cherry and more, and the oak has the gentlest touch to its presence. There's tremendous midpalate concentration, and the clear sense that this could age for decades. Let's just say drink 2018 through 2030.
Floral and spiced focused with a darker fruit profile than our other sedimentary sites. Lush in the mouth. Displays flavors of cassis, clove, anise and plum.
Ken Wright 2015 Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir (Yamhill-Carlton District, $65) was selected as the No. 1 pick in Wine Enthusiast’s 2014 Enthusiast 100. The wine was awarded the highest honor by Wine Enthusiast’s tasting panel, which reviewed more than 17,500 wines from around the globe, covering myriad regions, styles, and prices. Nomacorc is proud to have worked with Ken Wright Cellars for more than 10 years.
It’s difficult to access international wines in Argentina, and even more so limited-production library wines from boutique wineries like Ken Wright Cellars. So it’s a rare pleasure to taste a gem from Wright, who, with over 30 years in the industry, is considered one of the founding fathers of Oregon Pinot. Wright is also a leader in the organization of the six American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the Northern Willamette Valley.