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Ken Wright Cellars

Although best known for his Pinot noirs, Ken Wright makes beautiful white wines in the French style. His Chardonnays have long ageability, with structure to hold for years. These are elegant, light, nervy wines to savor with fine food. The flavors are true to the fruit and expressive of the terroir of the vineyards where the grapes are grown.

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Ken Wright Cellars
Chardonnay McCrone Vineyard 99

McCrone Vineyard is the source of one of Ken's single vineyard Pinot noirs, and is now the source of one of his 3 single vineyard Chardonays as well. The vineyard is located in the Yamhill foothills and is densely planted, the soil is Willakenzie type and is well drained and promotes earlier ripening.

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Celilo Chardonnay 99

Celilo is one of the vineyards Ken has produced Chardonnay from in the past, and this year, he is selling it as one of his 3 single vineyard Chardonnays.

This is a unique vineyard situated on a 1,000' bluff overlooking the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. It lies on the south face of Mount Underwood, which is currently an inactive volcano. The soil is pulverized basalt, extremely porous and loose, which promotes deep rooting.

The vineyard was planted in 1983. Unlike the Chardonnay grown in the hot eastern desert of Washington, this is a much cooler site. As a result, the fruit retains more acidity and the wine displays a clean mineral character. 575 cases produced.

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Chardonnay Carabella Vineyard 99

Carabella Vineyard is known for its excellent Dijon 76 Clone Chardonnay grapes. This year, Ken is releasing this Chardonnay as one of 3 single vineyard offerings.Carabella Vineyard is located on the east side of Parrot Mountain in an area known as Ladd Hill. All of the fruit in this bottling is derived from the Dijon 76 clone on 3309 rootstock. The soil type is volcanic in origin and named Nekia. Elevation is 450' to 600'. 320 cases produced.


Chardonnay Oregon 1998

The 1998 vintage is Ken's third release of the "Dijon 76" clone of Chardonnay from Oregon. Grown in the Willamette Valley, this clone is convincing Ken that Chardonnays of great depth and complexity can be made from fruit on his own hillsides. He sourced two tons of Chardonnay from three different sites: McCrone, Carabella, and Kircher vineyards, and blended them together for this wine. Each of the sites produced a meager two tons of fruit per acre. The juice was barrel fermented in 100% Vosges Forest oak and left in contact with the original yeast (sur lees) until bottling. Racking was performed with nitrogen pressure rather than a pump. The scents of the wine are of honey and fruit, the flavor s are of true Chardonnay fruit, a light hint of butter, a glyceriny mouth feel, and a finish of oaky vanilla, balanced by lots of flinty mineral flavors. 481 cases were produced.

Chardonnay Celilo Vineyard 1998
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The Celilo vineyard is very well regarded for the quality of its Chardonnay fruit. Woodward Canyon, Panther Creek, and many other highly regarded wineries source their Chardonnay fruit from Celilo. It is located on a 1000' bluff overlooking the Columbia River in Washington State. It lies on the south face of Mount Underwood, a currently inactive volcano. The soil is pulverized basalt, extremely porous and loose, which promotes deep rooting. The vineyard was planted in 1983, and unlike Chardonnay grown in the hot Eastern Washington desert, the site is cool. As a result, the fruit retains acidity and the wines display mineral character and complexity.
574 cases of the 1998 were produced.

Melon de Bourgogne 1998
The fruit for the Melon is wholly from the Etoile Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. The 3 acre site was planted in 1993 at an elevation of 700'. Thought the variety is one and the same as Muscadet, the characteristics of the wine bear little resemblance to its' Loire Valley relative. Though dry, there is a sense of sweetness and a strong apricot character to the wine that complements spicy foods and Asian cuisine particularly well. Scent of fresh grapefruit peel is followed by apple notes and a clean, light finish. The color is clean crisp yellow with hints of light green.
The wine was fermented in Vosges Forest oak until dryness and left in contact with the original yeast (sur lees) to add texture. The 1998 is the last vintage of this wine- the vinyard has been grafted over to Chardonnay. 447 cases were produced.
sold out and he has discontinued this varietal

Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill 1998
Pinot Blanc is a lighter colored natural mutation of Pinot Gris. The 1998 Pinot Blanc from Ken is the third crop of Pinot Blanc from a new planting at the well known Freedom Hill Vineyard. After presing, the juice was settled for one day to clarify and then racked to neutral French oak barrels for fermentation. The new wine remained in barrel with the original yeast (sur lees) and was not racked until bottling. The scent of the wine is light, and the wines shows lots of mineral flavors in a light but concentrated style. Crisp acidity and flavors of lemon peel, a warm hint of butter and lots of complex mineral notes complete the palate. 366 cases produced.
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