||Originally making wines on California’s central coast, Ken Wright saw the unique potential for winemaking in Oregon’s Willamette Valley while visiting friends in the 1980s. The different terroirs reminded him of Burgundy, and he packed up his family, belongings and 10 barrels of wine, and moved there in 1986 to focus on vineyard-designate bottling.Ken’s pioneering spirit led him to open Ken Wright Cellars in historic Carlton, Oregon, in the 1990s, where he produces 12 different single-vineyard Pinot Noirs to best convey the distinct characteristics of each location. His deep understanding and appreciation of the Oregonian geology have earned him a cult following.
Ken is still creating some of the most exciting wines coming out of Oregon today: In addition to his award-winning Pinot Noirs, he produces a Chardonnay and a Pinot Blanc. In 2003, he added another label to explore different varietals: Tyrus Evan (his sons’ middle names) offers Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Malbec sourced from Washington.
Charming, generous Ken produces charming, generous wines. They are elegant and precise, deep in fruit, yet they retain an unusual vibrancy — a perfect combination of old world and new.
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Martine’s Wines is the appointed distributor for Ken Wright Cellars in the state of California.