Generation of Oregon Winemakers
Cody Wright & Matt
Also- Ken Wright's Only
Blended Pinot noir - Roads End 05
Oregon's wine industry has
launched a second generation of young winemakers.
Joining them this month are Cody Wright
(son of Ken Wright) and Matt
in their '20's, they founded "Purple
with zest, style, and youthful enthusiasm.
Based on the quality of the Purple Hands wine,
Cody's father, Ken Wright, clearly taught Cody
a thing or two growing up around Ken Wright
Purple Hands is "a
creation between two young wine makers to begin
a winery and make wine that is not about pretentiousness
or class, but all about the spirit of making
Hands Red Wine $17.05/$18.95
Purple Hands' first wine, is
a rollicking, fun red wine full of juicy and
approachable flavors and scents. It's mostly
Merlot from Southern Oregon's Del Rio Vineyard,
with 5% Southern Oregon Pinot noir added for
a touch of interesting spice. Drink this wine
now through 2008 and just enjoy it. It's
well made, balanced, and appealing, and shows
a high level of winemaking skill, no matter
the age of the winemaker, but particularly
impressive for two guys just starting out.
Why "Purple Hands"?
Explaining the origin
of the winery's name, Cody describes the time
of year when everyone's hands (and much else
of their clothes and bodies) are purple from
the juice of the grape. He recalls it as a
special time, describing the experience of
walking into a store, a restaurant, a winery
supply warehouse, seeing other people with
purple hands, and recognizing their common
experience in the harvest process.
Purple Hands is about
connecting with the grape and its environment.
It's about handcrafted wine, handpicked
hand work as the wine is made,
and a hands-on
relationship to the vineyard, the vine, and
the wine. Cody and Matt have a deep
awareness of the environment in which the grapes
are grown, and of the way their relationship
to the wine grows in the process of picking
and sorting the grapes, of handling, pressing,
and working with the pressed grapes and juice
during fermentation, and in choosing the blend
and completing the process with bottling and
Welcome Cody (at left, above)
and Matt to the Oregon wine scene. We look
forward to big things from these promising
more about Purple Hands Winery.
Ken Wright's only "Blended" Pinot
Roads End 05
As long as we're writing about the Wright family
today, here's another wine worth more than a
Cellars "Roads End" Pinot
noir 05 $40.46/$44.95
one "blended" Pinot noir
made by Cody's Dad, Ken Wright. All of the
wines made under the Ken Wright Cellars name
are single vineyard wines. Ken started making
Roads End for his friend Dave Grooters in
2001. It's a blend of wine from Canary
Hill, Nysa, and McCrone Vineyards,
names you're familiar with if you know Ken's
wines. The 2005 vintage was just released.
Amy, our new Customer Service Manager, (and
holder of a Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu), says
about the 2005 Roads End:
blackberries on a summer day after it has rained.
So lush and full of summer goodness with a
silky mouthfeel and well integrated tannins.
I found this to be truly lovely and my favorite
of the wines I have tasted (which is pretty
extensive) this year.
Mellow and slightly
sweet shallots sauteed in fresh butter and
deglazed with a little marionberry jam or
port reduction over a rich piece of tenderloin
with baked fingerling potatoes would be my
pick of food to pair with the Roads End 05. "
Marcus, Avalon's General Manager, says:
"Lush and dark
from the start. Loads of rich blackberry and hints
of raspberry entwine with a floral medley of violet
and subtle rose petal. The texture is so soft and round
with the silkiest tannins. Then, a bright and juicy
streak explodes before hints of toasty spice and gobs
more luscious blackberry sail on the finish. A yummy,
And I say:
Color: Gorgeous deep, lush, glowing garnet- unusually
Scent: At first whiff, a lovely scent of sweet
fat blackberries in my backyard on a hot summer
day -very lush blackberry scent, with hints
of raspberry and a spicy perfume. There's also
a fondly nostalgic hint of the scent of Ken
Wright's winery- a particularly appealing melange
of oak and fruit.
Flavors: The silkiness of the mouth feel is
the first thing noticed, then the flavors of
juicy blackberry, juicy black raspberry, and
hints of dark violets emerge, with totally
integrated tannins anchoring the fruit flavors
and adding weight to the wine.
Finish: Long, reflecting the flavors of berries,
sweet pie spices, violets, and lifting the
palate with vibrant, refreshing acidity that
in no way diminishes the lushness of the texture
Aging: Drinking beautifully now, but ageable
for 4-5 years or longer.
Highly recommended for quality and value.
we may help with an order, please let us know.
We're available by phone at 541-752-7418
from 8 AM Pacific time until 5 PM Pacific time,
Monday through Saturday, and we answer email
Thanks for your support -
we appreciate your orders and your suggestions.
Our customers always give us our best ideas!
Amy, Kevin, and Wendy, and Marcus
201 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis OR 97333
541-424-8004 (direct line)
Marcus is on vacation
until Thursday afternoon
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