Ken Wright Canary Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 1.5L - Station Plaza Wine
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Ken Wright Canary Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 1.5L
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Ken Wright Canary Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

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Wine from Canary Hill is typically very forward, with aromas of black cherry and cola. Located at the southern end of the Eola Hills and faces east. The original vines were planted in 1983 and 1984. All of the acreage planted to Pinot noir was Pommard clone. Two and a half acres that were originally Chenin Blanc were replanted to Pommard and Dijon 114 clones. Six acres that were planted to Chardonnay were replaced with Dijon 777 clone. The entire 20 acres are now planted to Pinot noir. Elevation is 450' to 550'. The soil is a mix of Jory and Nekia. Both are formed from igneous rock and have a reddish-brown tint. This site, however, has less depth than similar soils in the Dundee Hills.
Wine Enthusiast
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A lovely Canary Hill, though a bit lighter than previous vintages, this elegant, smoky wine offers tart wild-berry fruit with a lightly earthy foundation.

Paul Gregutt, June 1, 2012
Wine Spectator
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Fresh and focused, with a veil of crisp tannins underlining the blackberry, pear and sweet anise flavors on a deftly balanced frame. Features intensity without weight. Best from 2015 through 2020. 892 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, June 30, 2013
Wine Advocate
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From the best-known of his own vineyards, planted in 1983; east-facing; and at the southern edge of the Eola Hills, Wright's 2010 Pinot Noir Canary Hill heads with fungal and humus-like notes that persist all the way through an oddly opaque finish in which the bitter edge of dark berries in no way dissipates a sense of darkness and diffusion. There is a brooding and as such intriguing persistence here to be sure, allied to slightly drying tannin. Hopefully a future tasting will find it possessed of clearer and purer fruit character - and I've made allowances in my rating for the possibility of a temporarily weak showing (with apologies for simply not having found time to re-taste it prior to publishing my report) - but I won't attempt to speculate as to where this is headed. (I tasted a 2000 alongside that struck me as possessing considerable if interesting oxidative overtones and whose fruit I found largely dried out, though I'll refrain from extrapolating on the basis of four or five isolated older bottles of Wright Cellars wines I have tasted over the past several years.)

David Schildknecht, August 2012