Wine of the Week: Ken Wright Cellars - Bonnie Jean Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

by Negronis Greg

Ken Wright Cellars is a family-owned winery based in Carlton, Oregon, USA, that specializes in producing high-quality Pinot Noir wines. The winery was founded in 1994 by Ken Wright, a respected winemaker who has been making wine in Oregon since the late 1970s.

 

Vineyard Overview 

In 1985, Ken Wright founded Panther Creek Cellars, a winery that quickly gained a reputation for producing outstanding Pinot Noir wines. After selling Panther Creek Cellars in 1994, Ken Wright decided to start a new winery that would focus exclusively on Pinot Noir. He founded Ken Wright Cellars with the goal of producing small-lot, vineyard-designated Pinot Noir wines that would showcase the unique terroir of the Willamette Valley.

Today, Ken Wright Cellars sources grapes from some of the finest vineyards in the Willamette Valley, including the Freedom Hill Vineyard, the McCrone Vineyard, and the Savoya Vineyard. The winery produces a range of Pinot Noir wines, from single-vineyard bottlings to blends, all of which are crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Ken Wright Cellars has earned numerous accolades over the years, including a spot on Wine & Spirits magazine's list of Top 100 Wineries of the Year multiple times. The winery is known for its commitment to sustainability, with a focus on using environmentally friendly practices in the vineyard and winery.

 

     

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      Rating 

      • Look: 4.4
      • Smell: 5
      • Taste: 5
      • Finish: 4.8
      • Overall: One of our favorite wines of the last few years. We highly recommend this wine for anyone looking for a big celebration wine or a strong Saturday night. 

       

      Pairing 

       With its rich, complex flavor profile combines the fruity notes of black cherry and raspberry with the earthy tones of forest floor and mushroom, making it a versatile wine that can pair well with a variety of foods.

      Here are some food pairing suggestions that can complement the flavors of Bonnie Jean Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017:

      1. Grilled salmon: The rich, oily texture and flavor of grilled salmon can complement the complex flavors of the wine.

      2. Roasted duck: The rich, gamey flavor of roasted duck can pair well with the earthy and fruity notes of the wine.

      3. Beef stew: The rich, savory flavors of beef stew can pair well with the wine's fruity and earthy notes.

      4. Mushroom risotto: The earthy flavors of mushroom risotto can complement the wine's forest floor and mushroom notes.

      5. Aged cheeses: Aged cheeses like Gouda, Cheddar, and Parmesan can pair well with the wine's rich, complex flavors.

        

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