Ken Wright

Ken Wright Cellars was founded in 1993 and its first vintage was produced in 1994. Prior to creating Ken Wright Cellars, Ken founded Panther Creek Winery in 1986 and made wines there from 1986 through 1994. In 1993, Panther creek was purchased by Ron and Linda Kaplan, the current owners.

Ken Wright Cellars' first building was an old brick building, a former glove factory, which the winery shared with Domaine Serene Winery. The 1993 through 1996 vintages of Domaine Serene wines were made by Ken Wright Cellars for Domaine Serene.

Located in rural Carlton, Oregon, Ken Wright Cellars is devoted to showcasing the inherent quality of selected vineyard sites. With a clarity and breadth that is unequaled by other varieties, the people at Ken Wright cellars believe Pinot noir best expresses the character of these sites. Rather than stamping wine with a varietal trademark, they see Pinot noir as a vehicle for conveying the aroma, flavor and texture of the location in which it is grown.

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Ken Wright 'Shea' Pinot Noir 2016
94  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 94
Item Number: 30304
Bottle:$46.95
Case: $281.70
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Ken Wright 'Willamette' Pinot Noir 2015
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90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 "Polished and harmonious, with expressive raspberry and smoky spice flavors that glide along the finish. Drink now through 2023. 15,000 cases made. –TF"  The Wine The Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of our traditional vineyards. Though not at the same level of
Item Number: 29852
Bottle:$19.95
Case: $239.40
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Ken Wright 'Willamette' Pinot Noir 2014
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91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 Editor's Choice "Ken Wright produces as many as a dozen or more single-vineyard Pinots in any given vintage. This wine is blended from many of those same sites, whose vines were often planted back in the 1980s. It's light and elegant, yet powerfully flavorful, with strawberry,

Ken Wright 'Bryce Vyd' Pinot Noir 2014
96  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 96 Cellar Selection "This riveting wine displays the exceptional finesse and precision that fruit from this AVA can deliver. It's Pinot Noir expressed in the most subtle and demanding way. Beautifully orchestrated red fruits, sappy acids, lush spices, perfect balance and an

Ken Wright 'Shea' Pinot Noir 2015
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "Structured and tightly focused, with expressive raspberry and green tea aromas and layered plum, smoky anise and spice flavors. Drink now through 2024. 1,634 cases made. –TF"  Winemaker Ken Wright was on hand to guide me through his latest releases from the 2014 vintage. Like

Ken Wright 'Guadalupe' Pinot Noir 2014
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "Planted in 1989, the 2014 Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vineyard has an elegant and pure bouquet with wild strawberry and raspberry coulis, nuanced pine cone scents developing with aeration, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity,

Ken Wright 'Shea' Pinot Noir 2014
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92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 " The 2014 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard, from vines planted in 1989 (since affected by phylloxera), offers one of the best aromatics from Ken Wright. I appreciate the delineation here, precise and focused with lifted red fruit mixed with stony, woodland aromas. The palate is fresh and

Ken Wright 'Willamette' Pinot Noir 2013
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88  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 88 "Brilliant red. Spice-tinged red fruits and flowers on the nose. Fresh raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by a hint of succulent herbs, with a peppery accent emerging on the back half. Closes spicy and tight, with good persistence and gently chewy tannins. -- Josh

Ken Wright 'Canary Hill' Pinot Noir 2013
"Shallow volcanic soil, 1 to 3 feet in depth: Jory and Nekia, both are formed from igneous rock and have a reddish-brown tint. Grapes are hand-harvested, cold macerated for five days, fermented for two weeks and aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. Fruit Focused. Modest structure,

Ken Wright 'Carter Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2013
"Mainly Nekia soil, with a depth of 1.5-2.5 feet, formed from weathered basic rock. Grapes are hand-harvested, cold macerated for five days, fermented for two weeks and aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. Fruit Focused. Moderate tannins and acidity. Blue & black fruit, black cherry,

Ken Wright 'Shea' Pinot Noir 2013
" Mainly Nekia soil, with a depth of 1.5-2.5 feet, formed from weathered basic rock. Grapes are hand-harvested, cold macerated for five days, fermented for two weeks and aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. Fruit Focused. Moderate tannins and acidity. Blue & black fruit, black cherry,

Ken Wright 'Guadalupe' Pinot Noir 2013
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Dark red. Smoke- and spice-accented red fruits and fresh flowers on the perfumed nose. Silky and focused on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that deepen with aeration. Shows very good energy and lift on the long, spicy finish, which is framed by supple

Ken Wright 'Willamette' Pinot Noir 2012
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91  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 91 "Editor's Choice" "Ken Wright produces more than a dozen single-vineyard Pinots in any given vintage. This wine, which sells for a fraction of the cost of those wines, uses many of the same grapes. It’s an astonishing value, lushly fruited, tangy and laced with appealing

Ken Wright 'Shea' Pinot Noir 2011
"This 2011 Ken Wright Pinot Noir offering comes from the Shea Vineyard, which consistently produces intensely colored small berries and clusters. Wine from this vineyard possesses the character of cocoa, black fruits, earth and leather. 13% ABV."  Moderately light reddish-purple color in the

Ken Wright 'Guadalupe' Pinot Noir 2011
"Sourced from a vineyard located in the southwestern end of the Dundee Hills just north of Lafayette planted in 1989 in Willakenzie soils. Owned by Jim Stonebridge and Kathleen Boeye and managed by Ken Wright Cellars. · The nose has reluctant fruit aromas but pleasing notes of exotic spice and oak

Ken Wright 'Guadalupe' Pinot Noir 2008
93  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 93 "The 2008 Pinot Noir Guadalupe is from a site just across the Yamhill-Carlton demarcation line planted in 1989. It gives up a fragrant perfume leading to a velvety-textured, sweetly-fruited, elegant wine with ample underlying structure and firm acidity. Give this lengthy,

Ken Wright 'Guadalupe' Pinot Noir 2007 1.5L
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92 "The 2007 Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vineyard displays greater aromatic complexity. An alluring array of toast, earth, floral notes, black cherry, and plum lead to a suave, concentrated, elegant wine with plenty of depth, concentration, and savory fruit. It will benefit from another 2-3

Ken Wright 'Carter Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2007 1.5L
Robet Parker 92 "The 2007 Pinot Noir Carter Vineyard is from a 1983 planting. Lovely aromas of smoke, spice, underbrush, incense, and black cherry lead to a round, velvety, sweetly fruited Pinot with enough structure and balance to evolve for 2-3 years. It should provide pleasure from 2012 to

Ken Wright 'Shea Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2009
 "The Shea vineyard was planted in 1990 to own-rooted Pommard and Wadenswil. Located in the heart of the Dundee Hills between Domaine Drouhin and Archery Summit with a southeast to northeast inclination. The soil is Jory soil. The nose exhibits a mix of red and black fruits. The wines are forward,

Ken Wright 'Guadalupe' Pinot Noir 2009
 "The vineyard was planted in 1989 and represents the definable change of the Jory soils of the Dundee Hills to the sedimentary soil of the Yamhill-Carlton District. It is spaced 7' by 5' and is planted to the Wadenswil and Dijon 115 clones. The soil, known as Willakenzie, is a well-drained shallow

Ken Wright 'Carter Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2008
89  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 89 "Deep ruby. Deep ruby with a bright rim. Musky aromas of red cherry, licorice and mocha. Big, rich and chewy, with a musky, earthy quality to the dark cherry, singed plum and Indian spice flavors. This nicely deep but youthfully clenched wine is the toughest read of this set right

Ken Wright 'Carter Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2006
90  Stephen Tanzer 
 Stephen Tanzer 90 "Dark red. Deep, smoky nose shows more power than the Nysa and Canary Hills wines. Blackberry and cherry on the nose and palate, joined in the mouth by bitter chocolate and licorice nuances. Became sweeter and more red-fruity with air. Finishes chewy and persistent, in need of