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Purple Hands

Owner(s) Cody Wright
Web site www.purplehandswine.com
 
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Owner and winemaker Cody Wright is the son of noted Oregon winemaker, Ken Wright. His stepfather, Rollin Soles, runs Argyle Winery, and his mother, Corby Stonebraker-Soles, now married to Rollin, is a partner in ROCO. Cody grew up in the Willamette Valley and worked at wineries in Oregon, New Zealand and Australia. He now divides his time between working as assistant winemaker at ROCO Winery and his own brand.

The Purple Hands name and label were created to reference the contrast between winemakers' wine-soaked cellars, clothes and hands, to formal attire that winemakers don for wine events. The label for the Purple Hands Blend comes from a black and white picture of Ken Wright and Mike Etzel at a tuxedo dinner depicting their purple-etched hands contrasting with their tuxedos.

The 2009 Purple Hands Pinot Noir is from the Holstein Vineyard and the 2010 Purple Hands Pinot Noir is from Stoller Vineyard, both in the Dundee Hills.

Purple Hands wines are sold directly online and distributed to wine retail stores and restaurants.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Purple Hands Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.69, $30, screw cap. Sourced from Stoller Vineyard in the Dundee Hills. Clones are Wädenswil and 777. 95% de-stemmed, 6-day cold soak, aged 9 months in 10% new and 90% neutral French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Very aromatic with bright scents of dark cherries and berries, plum, wood spice and herbs. Medium weight flavors of brandied cherries, red plums and savory herbs. Juicy and crisp with mild tannins and an uplifting finish. Good (+). Reviewed May 11, 2012 ARTICLE »