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Willakenzie Estate Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2008

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Wine Tasting Notes Excellent clarity and an appealing green-gold color create a pleasant first impression in the glass. Aromas of peach, pear, melon and pineapple are complemented by subtle floral tones including clover and fruit tree blossom. The flavors follow the aromas with the addition of apricot and apple. The mouthfeel is round and full with a crisp attack, sweeter mid-palate and nice acidity returning on the long finish. The wine will cellar well at least 3 years. Enjoy by itself as an aperitif, with prawns in a cream sauce over angel hair pasta, hazelnut crusted halibut, or salmon marinated in the wine and topped with sprigs of rosemary during grilling. Serve well chilled.

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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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Snooth User: HollyHosler
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4.00 5
11/20/2009

To me, Pinot Grigio is one of the world's most boring wine styles. (In it's defense, I've had it as a great compliment to tomatoes and garlic in a light broth -- just don't buy the Santa Margharita stuff -- it's not worth the price). This wine completely blew away my expectations and made me realize that Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are very, very disparate. I tried it in a tasting alongside 17 other quality whites, including other Pinot Gris, and Sancerres, Rieslings and Gurwurztaminers. It stood out head and shoulders above the rest. Unlike most Pinot Grigios that are refreshing yet one dimensional, this wine has a nice acidity, dry fruit flavors and complex finish.



Wine Tasting Notes Excellent clarity and an appealing green-gold color create a pleasant first impression in the glass. Aromas of peach, pear, melon and pineapple are complemented by subtle floral tones including clover and fruit tree blossom. The flavors follow the aromas with the addition of apricot and apple. The mouthfeel is round and full with a crisp attack, sweeter mid-palate and nice acidity returning on the long finish. The wine will cellar well at least 3 years. Enjoy by itself as an aperitif, with prawns in a cream sauce over angel hair pasta, hazelnut crusted halibut, or salmon marinated in the wine and topped with sprigs of rosemary during grilling. Serve well chilled.

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