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Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Pierre Léon 2008

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Not yet reviewed; 2007 vintage rated 91 points by Wine Advocate: ...made up of mainly of Dijon clones. Rounder, riper, and weightier... it displays lots of spice on both the nose and palate, cherry and raspberry flavors, and a sense of elegance. This nicely balanced, lengthy effort will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2019.

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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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09/26/2011

Four glasses


External Reviews for Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Pierre Léon

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: 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: 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: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/09/2011

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. 3,000 cases made. -HS Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2008 Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Leon 750ml


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.


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: Premium Wine & Spirits
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.



Not yet reviewed; 2007 vintage rated 91 points by Wine Advocate: ...made up of mainly of Dijon clones. Rounder, riper, and weightier... it displays lots of spice on both the nose and palate, cherry and raspberry flavors, and a sense of elegance. This nicely balanced, lengthy effort will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2019.

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