2005 Ken Wright Cellars “Angela” Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District AVA

05022009What can I say about this wine? Well, here we go: Holy crap! This is a bloody tasty bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir. I’ve been looking for a bottle to blow me away lately. I’ve had some good wines… but nothing with that “Wow” factor. This bottle, from 300 cases produced, did that… effortlessly.

I picked it up last year at one of my favourite wine shops, Vinopolis in Portland on sale for ~$45 and brought it home to my little cellar. It’s from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA Ditrict south of Portland – an area that turns out many of the Pinots that have really grabbed my attention over the last few years. It’s also made by Ken Wright Cellars. They’re a winery that’s based in Carlton and have been on my radar for a while now. This is the first wine of theirs that I’ve had in my glass. It won’t be the last.

Wow. This is pure hedonism in  glass. It’s unfined and unfiltered and is a slightly cloudy dark raspberry red in the glass. It has a beautiful nose of ripe raspberry and what I would best describe as a cedar forest earthiness. A sip is when this wine  really lets you know what’s going on. There’s an “I just licked raspberries off a cedar plank” thing going on – it literally smacks your taste buds with a bunch of ripe raspberry juice, a bit of citrus, herbs and an earthy cedar edge.

Is it good? Do you really need to ask? Seriously. OK… YES, it’s bloody wonderful.

Get some if you’re lucky enough to find it.

~$45 at Vinopolis in Portland last year.

4 1/2 stars