The 2014 Pinot Noir Carter Vineyard comes from west-facing vines planted in 1983 and the parcel was purchased by Ken Wright last year. It has dark plum and boysenberry bouquet with subtle earthy tones, though it needs just a little more precision to come through. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly savory entry, a "meaty" Pinot Noir with fine density on the slightly chewy finish that has a keen thread of acidity that maintains freshness. Winemaker Ken Wright was on hand to guide me through his latest releases from the 2014 vintage. Like last year, he reiterated his approach in the vineyard in terms of adding nutrition into the soil (see last year's report for details). I am still not convinced about the idea of physically adding minerals deep into the soil after all, if it works then why isn't everyone else doing it. And since the roots penetrate so deep, I don't quite understand how you change the geological composition meters under your feet. But hey, I am not the winemaker and you should do whatever you feel is best. Ken's 2014s were fairly consistent across the board, though there is nothing here that caused me to reach deep into my bag of superlatives. You might call these Pinot Noirs steady. That is not a bad thing. There is plenty of Pinot Noir character and I feel the wines are reflective of their sites. Most should drink well over the next 8-10 years.
Score: 89 points -- Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, Apr 2016