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Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate Cuvée 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

The aromatics of mostly red fruits persist with sweet, ripe cherries, cranberries, pomegranates and red raspberries, and finish with a hint of orange peel, marzipan and almond paste. The wine opens up with nice, bright acidity, which leads into a juicy, lighter body with exquisite balance and structure. Flavors of red fruit mimic the nose, but with tones of sour pie cherry, cranberry and a hint of blood oranges and green herbs. The subtle tannin stretches out to a nice, dry finish with a suggestion of cinnamon stick. The wine will benefit from 1 to 2 years in the cellar and age well for 7 to 10 years from its release date. Pair with fish, poultry, pork or lamb – this wine is very versatile with food. We recommend that you open the wine an hour before serving.

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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

External Reviews for Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate Cuvée

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/20/2011

A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2008 Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Leon 750ml


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Firm, with flavors of black cherry and floral notes packing in nicely and an odd hint of horseradish livening up the finish and making it more interesting. Best after 2007.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Firm in texture, with juicy red berry and red cherry flavors cutting through the veil of tannins, picking up cinnamon and clove nuances as the finish lingers. Best from 2012 through 2018.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
07/25/2010

The Willakenzie winery is named after the soil in which the vines are planted, and it is known for its Burgundian-style Pinot Noirs. Red and black fruit flavors, with bright acidity and hints of baking spices, are all in attendance here, and floral aromas waft from the glass. Overall, this is a delicious Oregon Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley.


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
04/30/2010

Willakenzie Pinot Blanc 2008 and all other premium wine from Willakenzie available at discounted prices at CheaperCigars.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from USA and all over the world.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Bright ruby-red. High-pitched, floral-accented aromas of cherry and red berry compote, with complicating spice and earth nuances. Spicy and precise on entry, offering sweet red fruit flavors that gain weight and smokiness in the mid-palate. Tannins arrive late and add structure to the spicy, clinging finish. Come back to this in a few years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This wine, named for owner Bernard Lacroutersquo;s father, has lots of juicy black fruit and rich black cherry flavor; the dark intensity of its fruit is typical of the new Yamhill-Carlton AVA, the product of its quick-to-drain, ancient sedimentary soils. This is big rather than subtle, and itrsquo;s delicious: Therersquo;s plenty of structure to back up all that ripe fruit. Deeply flavorful enough for braised lamb.


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The aromatics of mostly red fruits persist with sweet, ripe cherries, cranberries, pomegranates and red raspberries, and finish with a hint of orange peel, marzipan and almond paste. The wine opens up with nice, bright acidity, which leads into a juicy, lighter body with exquisite balance and structure. Flavors of red fruit mimic the nose, but with tones of sour pie cherry, cranberry and a hint of blood oranges and green herbs. The subtle tannin stretches out to a nice, dry finish with a suggestion of cinnamon stick. The wine will benefit from 1 to 2 years in the cellar and age well for 7 to 10 years from its release date. Pair with fish, poultry, pork or lamb – this wine is very versatile with food. We recommend that you open the wine an hour before serving.

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