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2016 Ken Wright FuturesSee all

<font size=4><b>This is a futures offer. Payment is due at the time of your order. Shipping charges will be assessed at market rate at the time of delivery. We anticipate the release of the wines by December, 2017, and will ship ASAP thereafter weather permitting. We are not responsible for final winery release date or the weather.</b> I'm pleased to announce our annual offering of Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir Futures from the 2016 vintage. This is our TWENTY THIRD consecutive vintage offering these wines. We have offered these wines every year that Ken Wright has sold futures. In fact, The Oregon Pinot Noir Club was the first wine retailer to buy any futures of any kind from Ken Wright Cellars after that winery was formed. <img src=https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/5dd7da86001/05b9be3f-b60b-4b85-8273-83a6fd27c0d8.jpg?ver=1484604717000 align=left hspace=50 alt=Ken on the cover of The Wine Spectator style=width:360px;height:480px /> After drawing widespread attention making wines at Panther Creek through the late 1980s and early 1990s, Ken left to start his own winery in Carlton, Oregon with the '94 vintage. He started out in an old brick building (a former glove factory) and later built a new location, also in Carlton. <b>A pioneer of single-vineyard pinot noir,</b> Ken began making as many as a dozen single-vineyard designated pinots per year, earning him the title of Terroirist -- a winemaker devoted to wines that express the character of specific sites. In recent years, Ken has continued his long-term lease of many vineyard sites, but has also planted some estate vineyards. Most recently, Ken added Bonnie Jean Vineyard and Latchkey Vineyard, and also completed the purchased of the venerated Carter Vineyard, which his team has managed for many years. . He has also become an expert on the geographical history of Oregon wine country, and frequently gives a superb talk that outlines the soil type of all the vineyard areas of the Willamette Valley, and how the soils came to be. He was instrumental in gaining approval in past years of several new AVAs for Oregon. <b>Most important to this story, however, is Ken's absolute commitment to quality. </b>He is among the handful of winemakers anywhere who will do whatever it takes to make good wine, regardless of expense or effort. He has been known to discard half his harvest as substandard, to employ dozens of people for the sorting table to do triage on incoming grapes, and to disassemble and toast his own barrels to meet his stringent standards. As a result of his fanatical pursuit of quality, his wines are extraordinarily and consistently brilliant. Naturally, star-winemaker status has followed. Ken is among the best-known winemakers in America and the world. He is a frequent subject of articles in the wine press, and has traveled extensively as an ambassador of Oregon Pinot Noir and fine wine in general. His products are distributed throughout North America and across Europe and Asia as well. Ken's fame only grew in the last few years, as he graced the cover of The Wine Spectator magazine, and as his wines from the 2014 vintage once again received top critical acclaim. <font size=6><b>" 2016 is a magnificent vintage that combines density with balance and immediate appeal. We are in love. "</b></font size> -- Winemaker Ken Wright on the 2016 Vintage. <img src=https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/5dd7da86001/ade3b5de-d4cf-4ff0-ae34-0efad4b6c3eb.jpg?ver=1484606122000 style=width50px;height50px; align=right hspace=20 /> Here's the short version, aka "what you need to know about 2016" -- Ken Wright (and other top winemakers here) pick only ripe fruit, and ferment only clean fruit. To accomplish this, they go to extraordinary lengths in the vineyard and winery: strict sorting and merciless triage mean that only clean, ripe fruit gets turned into wine. If it doesn't measure up, it does not end up in the bottle. Spring, 2016 was early and warm -- in fact, it ended up being earliest harvest on record, with some producers picking warm sites in late August! As September continued, much of the harvest was in the winery well before the end of the month. Warm years bring worries of overripe fruit and immature flavors. But 2016 was very different -- because of an early start, and improved vineyard practices, the grapes had sufficient hang time to maximize flavor at the same time sugars reached optimal levels. Even better for wine lovers, yields were down, which can result in more concentrated fruit. The overall result was rich, concentrated wines superb flavors, that are ripe enough to enjoy in their youth! <u>Ken says it best with this quote from his harvest letter:</u> " We averaged just above two tons per acre. This is mostly due to the very small berry size of the vintage. Small berries give us greater intensity of color, aroma and texture. It is a magnificent vintage that combines density with balance and immediate appeal. We are in love ." <font size=6> <b>Which of Ken's Wines is Best?</b></font size> My personal favorite varies by vintage, and the critics tend to disagree over which one is tops. That said, they are ALL GOOD - you can literally throw a dart at this list and get fantastic pinot noir. It bears repeating once again: Ken won't bottle bad wine. That said, the Abbot Claim bottling has emerged as a consistent front runner with critics in recent years, even exceeding the esteemed Shea Vineyard bottling in the points department. The Abbot Claim is available as a futures purchase now, but is the most limited of all Ken's bottlings from 2016. Ken Wright pinot noirs are critically acclaimed by all major wine critics writing in English as well as those writing in other languages. The most recent press for Ken Wright came from The Wine Enthusiast, which named his 2012 Abbot Claim bottlings as their #1 Wine in the entire world! <u>The lesson: The wines are always good, and you have to buy them in advance.</u> <font size=6><b>The Offer</b></font size> <img src=https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/5dd7da86001/63e2dc35-aaab-4d15-9609-1a623a337e1d.jpg?ver=1484608604000 style=width50px;height50px; align=left hspace=20 />Our Futures price is $320 per six-pack, or $53.75 per bottle. The retail price upon release next year will be $65 per bottle, 21% more expensive, IF ANY WINE REMAINS FOR OPEN STOCK SALE. Buy now and save significantly on these soon-to-be classic Oregon wines. We are offering wines from twelve different vineyards from Ken Wright Cellars. The wines are divided into two different six-packs for those wishing a broad selection. In addition, all the wines are available individually in six-bottle increments. Please note that Abbot Claim Vineyard, Shea Vineyard, and the Bryce Vineyard bottling -- Ken's only vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge AVA -- are available only as stand-alone six-packs. Also note that the Abbot Claim Vineyard bottling is very limited - that "#1 Wine of the Year in the World" from The Wine Enthusiast last year, along with other critical recognition, has caused a jump in demand for that wine. This is a futures offer. Payment is due at the time of your order. Shipping charges will be assessed at market rate at the time of delivery. We anticipate the release of the wines by December, 2017, and will ship ASAP thereafter weather permitting. We are not responsible for final winery release date or the weather. <b>The price for the wines is $320 per six pack.</b> This represents a $11.25 per bottle discount from the full retail price, or a savings of $135 off a case! <b>Ken Wright Mixed Six-Pack #1</b> Two bottles each from Guadalupe, Carter and Canary Hill Vineyard <b>Ken Wright Mixed Six-Pack #2</b> One bottle each from Tanager, Freedom Hill, McCrone, Latchkey, Bonnie Jean and Savoya Vineyards <b>Single-vineyard Six-Packs</b> (minimum order one six pack per vineyard) 2016 Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vineyard Six Pack Futures - limited 2016 Pinot Noir Canary Hill Vineyard Six Pack Futures 2016 Pinot Noir Carter Vineyard Six Pack Futures 2016 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard Six Pack Futures 2016 Pinot Noir Guadalupe Vineyard Six Pack Futures 2016 Pinot Noir McCrone Vineyard Six Pack Futures 2016 Pinot Noir Latchkey Vineyard Six Pack Futures 2016 Pinot Noir Bonnie Jean Vineyard Six Pack Futures 2016 Pinot Noir Savoya Vineyard Six Pack Futures 2016 Pinot Noir Bryce Vineyard Six Pack Futures 2016 Pinot Noir Tanager Vineyard Six Pack Futures 2016 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard Six Pack Futures</font size>

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Ken Wright Cellars Tanager Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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Ken Wright Cellars Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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Ken Wright Cellars Bonnie Jean Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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Ken Wright Cellars Latchkey Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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Ken Wright Cellars McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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Ken Wright Cellars Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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