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Willakenzie Estate 'Pierre Leon' Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Oregon 2010

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The 2010 Estate Cuvée has a beautiful garnet color. The aromas are bright and floral with hints of sweet vanilla, forest floor and petunia. The flavors follow the aromas with a smooth, sweet entry of cherry cobbler, juicy strawberries, and Asian spices. The red fruit and spice transform into a slate-like, herbal finish that lingers on the tongue. This wine is very approachable when young. The aging potential is 5+ years. Pair with steamed Chinese chicken dumplings, or a simple filet of sole or roast chicken.

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WillaKenzie Estate:
Willakenzie Estate’s life began in 1991 when founder Bernard Lacroute purchased a cattle ranch. This 420 acre ranch, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, was named after the Willakenzie soil that breathes life into their vines. In 2000, an additional 95 acres of land, this time in the Dundee Hills, was obtained, and it was named the Jory Hills vineyard after the Jory soil type. ... Read more
Willakenzie Estate’s life began in 1991 when founder Bernard Lacroute purchased a cattle ranch. This 420 acre ranch, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, was named after the Willakenzie soil that breathes life into their vines. In 2000, an additional 95 acres of land, this time in the Dundee Hills, was obtained, and it was named the Jory Hills vineyard after the Jory soil type. In total, there are about 105 acres under vine at the original Yamhill location, with another 25 acres at the Jory Hills vineyard. Two thirds of the grapes planted at the original vineyard are Pinot Noir, while the remainder is other Pinot grapes, along with Chardonnay. Willakenzie’s winery was built in 1995, right as their first harvest was coming to a close. Today, about 20,000 cases of wine are produced annually, thanks to the hard work of winemaker Thibaud Mandet. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Willakenzie Estate 'Pierre Leon' Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Oregon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,823
3.50 5
11/19/2012

Very aromatic if a bit on the stemmy side with light Rainier cherry aromas and a hint of Vosne-like spice. This dances across the palate. Lightweight and wonderfully balanced, it delivers sweet cherry fruit that's framed with hints of herbs and a gentle green spice note. The finish shows more cherry fruit, perhaps with a suggestion of vanilla. The acidity here refreshes the palate and the tannins float by like ghosts, making this joyously fun to drink. It's not terribly complex but it is pretty. And that texture, oh that texture! 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,823
4.00 5
08/29/2012

Tight pear and apple fruit greet the nose, followed by a dusty floral note and a suggestion of green herb. On the palate, this is broad and fresh with slightly citric acidity lending freshness and brightening the fruit, which picks up lemon pith, golden raspberry and tart apple flavors across the palate. The finish is fairly rich and fruity with more suggestions of herb and a green plum skin note on the moderately long finale. This finishes rather firmly and is very attractive for its combination of fruit and tension. 90pts


External Reviews for Willakenzie Estate 'Pierre Leon' Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Oregon

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Scents of earth give way to a lean set of palate flavors, the texture surprisingly nimble and bright. This wineandrsquo;s tannins are forceful at the moment, needing a bit of time in the cellar to integrate with the fruit.


External Review
Source: Vines Wine and Spirits
03/17/2013

Complex aromas of blackberry and red plum follow lively notes of black pepper, clove and forest floor. Red cherries and currants dominate the fruit components in the mouth while flavors of pepper and tobacco also emerge in harmony with the aromas. The te


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/18/2013

Light and airy, with a tang to the balance and the flavor profile, offering lime flower accents to the berry flavors, lingering refreshingly. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/18/2013

Scents of earth give way to a lean set of palate flavors, the texture surprisingly nimble and bright. This wine’s tannins are forceful at the moment, needing a bit of time in the cellar to integrate with the fruit.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Reflecting younger vines and a variety of parcels and clones, and aged 10 months in 20% new barrels, the WillaKenzie 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Cuvee displays tart-edged but ripe dark cherry and blackberry fruit tinged with piquancy of pits and the bitter side of the vanilla bean. Clear and juicy; texturally spare; this gains significantly from a suggestion of beef stock and marrow that wells up in its otherwise brightly refreshing finish, marked by an invigorating suggestion of berry seed crunching. I would greatly enjoy playing around with it at table over the next 3andndash;5 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
04/18/2013

Reflecting younger vines and a variety of parcels and clones, and aged 10 months in 20% new barrels, the WillaKenzie 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Cuvee displays tart-edged but ripe dark cherry and blackberry fruit tinged with piquancy of pits and the bitter side of the vanilla bean. Clear and juicy; texturally spare; this gains significantly from a suggestion of beef stock and marrow that wells up in its otherwise brightly refreshing finish, marked by an invigorating suggestion of berry seed crunching. I would greatly enjoy playing around with it at table over the next 3–5 years.



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The 2010 Estate Cuvée has a beautiful garnet color. The aromas are bright and floral with hints of sweet vanilla, forest floor and petunia. The flavors follow the aromas with a smooth, sweet entry of cherry cobbler, juicy strawberries, and Asian spices. The red fruit and spice transform into a slate-like, herbal finish that lingers on the tongue. This wine is very approachable when young. The aging potential is 5+ years. Pair with steamed Chinese chicken dumplings, or a simple filet of sole or roast chicken.

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