Wine Makers To Know:: Ken Wright Cellars

by Negronis Greg

Ken Wright Cellars is a renowned winery located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, known for its high-quality Pinot Noir wines. The winery was founded by Ken Wright in 1994, a winemaker with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Today, the winery produces single-vineyard Pinot Noir wines from some of the best vineyards in the region, including the Bonnie Jean Vineyard.

The Bonnie Jean Vineyard is located in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, which is one of the most highly regarded wine regions in the Willamette Valley. The vineyard is named after Bonnie Jean Schmidt, the mother of the vineyard's owner, and covers 32 acres of rolling hillsides. The vineyard is planted with various Pinot Noir clones, which contribute to the complexity and diversity of the wines produced.

The 2017 Bonnie Jean Vineyard Pinot Noir is a highly acclaimed wine that showcases the unique terroir of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. This wine is made with grapes from some of the oldest vines in the vineyard, which add depth and richness to the wine. The wine is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, which impart subtle vanilla and spice notes to the wine.

The key characteristics of the 2017 Bonnie Jean Vineyard Pinot Noir are its intense aromas of black cherry, raspberry, and vanilla, followed by a rich, full-bodied palate with flavors of dark fruit, black tea, and earthy undertones. The wine has a long, lingering finish with well-structured tannins that will allow it to age gracefully for several years.

If you're interested in learning more about Ken Wright Cellars and their wines, you can visit their website at or follow them on social media at:

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The 2017 Bonnie Jean Vineyard Pinot Noir is available for purchase on the Ken Wright Cellars website, as well as through various wine retailers and distributors. To find a retailer near you, you can visit at

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