I was at a dinner party recently where a fellow guest was speaking of Oregon and, of course, wine. We were awaiting a duck course and a Pinot Noir — the 2013 Ken Wright Cellars Carter Vineyard Pinot Noir, to be exact. My dining companion had just returned from the Pacific Northwest and had supplied the wines for the duck (served two ways, breast seared and thigh with cherry), and I am glad he was able to attend on that evening, because the Ken Wright was excellent. (Although, I would love to get a bottle and cellar it until, say, 2017; at the moment the fruit is very vibrant, in no way a bad thing, but a few years more in the bottle would produce something deeper.)
We tasted blueberry and other purple fruits, perhaps a bit of soil. After 10 minutes or so the tannins softened; this wine pleased everyone at the table.
Ken Wright is a single-vineyard Pinot Noir pioneer, and he is known as a meticulous winemaker — he has even been known to disassemble and toast his own barrels. His wines are not for everyone’s palate, but I don’t think you’ll be upset about spending $63 on a bottle of this Pinot Noir.