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Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Kiana 2008

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Willakenzie Estate is a small, family-owned winery located in the Yamhill-Carlton district of Oregon's Willamette Valley. They focus on quality, handcrafted wines with minimal intervention using 100% estate fruit. All the vineyards are planted on Willakenzie soil, known for its excellent drainage. The sedimentary soil, cool climate and topography are ideal for growing Pinot family varietals -Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and small amounts of Gamay Noir and Pinot Meunier. The vineyards at Willakenzie Estate are certified by both L.I.V.E (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) and Salmon-Safe. They are farmed sustainably using mostly organic products such as compost and kelp. Winemaker Thibaud Mandet combines the best of new and old world techniques.

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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 Kiana

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/20/2011

Light ruby red core with a rust red rim. A complex, nutty nose of cherry, allspice and figs, with subtle smoky notes adding to the overall appeal. Bright and light on the palate, interesting notes of spice and smoke follow through to the finish which... Alex Lallos. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2008 Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Kiana 750ml



Willakenzie Estate is a small, family-owned winery located in the Yamhill-Carlton district of Oregon's Willamette Valley. They focus on quality, handcrafted wines with minimal intervention using 100% estate fruit. All the vineyards are planted on Willakenzie soil, known for its excellent drainage. The sedimentary soil, cool climate and topography are ideal for growing Pinot family varietals -Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and small amounts of Gamay Noir and Pinot Meunier. The vineyards at Willakenzie Estate are certified by both L.I.V.E (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) and Salmon-Safe. They are farmed sustainably using mostly organic products such as compost and kelp. Winemaker Thibaud Mandet combines the best of new and old world techniques.

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