Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present a very special evening of legendary Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs.
Ken Wright Cellars 2014 Single Vineyard collection. Featuring McCrone Vineyard, Carter Vineyard, Freedom Hill Vineyard, and the legendary Shea Vineyard.
On the short list of truly legendary producers established in the Willamette Valley in the last three decades, Ken Wright stands out. A lover of the land, an embracer of terroir, and a controversial winemaker when it comes to styles (early releasing, not shy on new oak), Ken Wright is one of a kind. Following the incredible success of the 2014 vintage, we are proud to present a rare tasting of four Ken Wright single vineyard Pinot Noirs.
We will begin the night with an overview of Willamette Valley to understand the terroir and geologic history of the valley (while tasting some outstand selections from other producers). This will set the foundation for diving into the four single vineyard wines that we will detail, examining the characteristics of each one carefully.
The McCrone Vineyard, in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA is known for its pure floral and red fruit expressions, along with being the most tannic of his wines on a regular basis (700 cases produced).
The Carter Vineyard, in the Eola-Amity Hills south of McMinville, is packed with black fruits galore and earthy scents. A traditional favorite of mine, it will be great to see how it shows in this line up. (650 cases produced.)
The Freedom Hill Vineyard, made famous by Mark Valossak of St. Innocent winery, is a 2.85 acre block entirely planted in 1980 with the Pommard clone of Pinot Noir. These wines tend to run rough in their youth, but the 2014 vintage was a generous one so we'll see how it shows. (Only 340 cases of this produced.)
And lastly, the legendary Shea Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton, one of the most sought after wine properties in the world. We'll spend time talking specifically about Shea and what it means to the Willamette wine industry, for the generous nature of these wines are the stuff of legend. (725 cases produced.)
This will be an outstanding class to learn about the terroir of Willamette Valley. Tasting multiple top level wines from a great producer and great vintage, side by side, is the best way to become truly educated on this topic.
SEATING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED.