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Ken Wright Pinots

I'm looking to buy a nice bottle as a gift for my brother and his wife, who are about to celebrate their first anniversary. We both enjoy a lot of Oregon Pinots, and the store I looked at has three Ken Wright bottles on sale, so it seemed a good fit.

Wondering if anyone has tasted all three of these, or even just one or two, and can comment on them:
Ken Wright Abbot Claim Pinot - 2007
Ken Wright Carter Pinot - 2007
Ken Wright McKrone Pinot - 2007

All three are on sale for $49.99, so taste is the only comparison point here.

Slightly more expensive ($70) but there is also a 2004 bottle of Torri Mor's Hawks View Pinot I'm considering.

I'd love if anyone has comments on any of these wines, and I'm open to other suggestions too.

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    1. re: ibstatguy

      Did that, wanted a second opinion.

      Ended up finding something completely different that I think will be a good gift - an 05 Mas De Daumas Gassac, the "Grand Cru of Languedoc". Haven't tried it but it came well recommended from someone I trust and the notes read well.

      1. re: andytee

        Assuming you're talking about the red, it's an elegant and appealingly restrained wine that repays aging. The white is also exquisite.

      2. Andytee - I tried all of Writght's 2005s and 2006s. I firmly believe they are overpriced. I like the Domaine Serene Evenstad 2005 much better ($55).

        The reason why I think you should buy a Ken Wright wine is for the name...he is one of the first celebrity pinot producers in Oregon...and let's be honest, the name is usually an important part of a gift.

        If you don't mind a lesser name and want the best value, head over to K&L wines or call Michael Jordan at (415) 896-1734 ext. 1024. He is an Oregon pinot expert.

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        1. re: kaysyrahsyrah

          I've had good luck with Sandy at Mt Tabor Wine in Portland

        2. I've had none of the '07s, but I'm moe a fan of Ken Wright than I am even of Torri Mor's most expensive bottlings.

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          1. re: whiner

            whiner: have you tried any wines from Brickhouse or Thomas?

            1. re: ibstatguy

              Brickhouse - yes; Thomas - no.

              I liked the Brickhouses I've tried, but I have no strong recollections. Never thought "This is GREAT". Unlike KW, Le Cadeau, Domaine Serene, Soter, Beaux Freres, etc all of which have produced some pretty great wines, imo.

              1. re: whiner

                I agree on KW. I wish I noted the vineyard at the time, but one of my top 3 Pinot experiences was an aged bottle of KW up in Oregon. My personal opinion is that the $40 bucks for futures is a steal; in a good year, the wines go toe to toe with $100 bottles without breaking a sweat, in less good years I still think they're fairly priced. The only problem is you have to think well in advance...

          2. Haven't popped any '07's from Oregon yet, but have found the '06's surprisingly approachable now. Had some '01 Ken Wright's at an offline recently that were in a very nice place! Buy some '07's and lay them down for 5 plus years....I think you'll be pleased with the result... -mJ

            1. The Torii Mor Hawks View is a great Pinot. We opened a bottle a month ago and it was worth the price.

              1. Since I last wrote to this post I have tried another dozen 2007 Oregon pinots. In general, it was not a great vintage in my opinion.

                Practically every premium Oregon pinot is on sale right now, due to the economy and the fact that 2008 is categorically a better vintage (though I have yet to find the wine I will buy by the case).

                That sets up a nice buying opportunity for premium Oregon pinots. But before you go sinking your cash into KW 07, I would call Michael Jordan at K&L Wines.

                I'm not crazy about KW pinots at $50...at 30? OK.