Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate Cuvée 2009

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This is nicely herbal and leafy on the nose with quartzy mineral edges to the white fruit that shows a hint of Ranier cherry. In the mouth this is ... Read more

The Willakenzie winery (named after the soil in which the vines are planted) is known for its Burgundian-style Pinot Noirs. Red and black fruit fla... Read more

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Editorial Reviews for Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Estate Cuvée

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.50 5
12/10/2010

This is nicely herbal and leafy on the nose with quartzy mineral edges to the white fruit that shows a hint of Ranier cherry. In the mouth this is surprisingly fruity with an almost tropical kiwi/guava thing going on but the acid/fruit balance it near perfect lending this a really precise feel on the mid-palate. the fruit turns more pear tones in the mouth and while there is a touch of residual sugar here lending roundness there as a touch of bitter melon that helps to counter the sweetness and creates a seamless complex whole, particularly on the long, engaging finish. 91pts


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Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
12/10/2010

The Willakenzie winery (named after the soil in which the vines are planted) 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; floral aromas waft from the glass. Overall, this is a delicious Oregon Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/13/2011

A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2009 Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir 750ml


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2008 08/20/2011

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


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Vintage: 2008 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.


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Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

Scents of graham cracker and soy lead to ripe black cherry flavors, while oak defines the finish with mocha notes melding into the sweet, dark fruit. This has the depth for spice-rubbed pork loin.


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Vintage: 2008 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.


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Vintage: 2008 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.


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Winemaker's Notes:

Named after the soil that defines it, WillaKenzie Estate is a small, family-owned winery dedicated to the highest expression of terroir. They make wonderful wines exclusively from the Pinot family of grapes: Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir, as well as Gamay Noir made in the Beaujolais Cru style. All the wines are entirely from estate grown fruit. Owner Bernard Lacroute developed a passion for Pinot Noir in his native Burgundy. In January 1991, Bernard and Ronni Lacroute purchased the ideal Pinot site they had been seeking: a beautiful 420-acre ranch in Yamhill County which they began planting to grapevines in 1992. Today, more than 100 acres of vineyards are arranged on the rolling hills below theChehalem mountains, around untouched stands of majestic, native Douglas fir and oak. The European theme continues with the remaining key staff at WillaKenzie: with a degree in oenology from the University of Bordeaux, Thibaud Mandet brings a French touch to the art and science of winemaking. This fusion of European talent with American natural resources seems to encapsulate the essence of the estate and its wines. This Pinot Blanc is brilliantly bright and clear, with a pale straw colour. Aromas of orange blossom and white flowers along with subtle Asian pear, lemongrass, stone fruit and mineral notes entice and tempt, offering a pleasing round mouth feel ending with a long finish, after this clean, crisp attack. This fresh and juicy wine is delicious as an aperitif or as an accompaniment for shellfish, oysters and grilled peaches.

Named after the soil that defines it, WillaKenzie Estate is a small, family-owned winery dedicated to the highest expression of terroir. They make wonderful wines exclusively from the Pinot family of grapes: Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir, as well as Gamay Noir made in the Beaujolais Cru style. All the wines are entirely from estate grown fruit. Owner Bernard Lacroute developed a passion for Pinot Noir in his native Burgundy. In January 1991, Bernard and Ronni Lacroute purchased the ideal Pinot site they had been seeking: a beautiful 420-acre ranch in Yamhill County which they began planting to grapevines in 1992. Today, more than 100 acres of vineyards are arranged on the rolling hills below theChehalem mountains, around untouched stands of majestic, native Douglas fir and oak. The European theme continues with the remaining key staff at WillaKenzie: with a degree in oenology from the University of Bordeaux, Thibaud Mandet brings a French touch to the art and science of winemaking. This fusion of European talent with American natural resources seems to encapsulate the essence of the estate and its wines. This Pinot Blanc is brilliantly bright and clear, with a pale straw colour. Aromas of orange blossom and white flowers along with subtle Asian pear, lemongrass, stone fruit and mineral notes entice and tempt, offering a pleasing round mouth feel ending with a long finish, after this clean, crisp attack. This fresh and juicy wine is delicious as an aperitif or as an accompaniment for shellfish, oysters and grilled peaches.

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