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Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Pierre Léon 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Screwcap – Light and ethereal nose with herbal and raspberry notes, spicy black, anise high tones, very engaging nose, light and willowy. Touches of emergent peanut brittle, clay, mineral rich potting soil and a touch of cracked peppercorn add complexity. Soft and round in the mouth with minimal tannins and well integrated acidity. Rather sleek in it’s softness. A lovely sappy note in the mouth, with clean, pure red berry fruit in a very easy style that finishes with long, sweet and subtly spicy red berry notes. Elegant and understated with gentle flavors that are edged with fresh earthy, beet root and herbal notes. 90pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Pierre Léon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,313
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/21/2008

Screwcap – Light and ethereal nose with herbal and raspberry notes, spicy black, anise high tones, very engaging nose, light and willowy. Touches of emergent peanut brittle, clay, mineral rich potting soil and a touch of cracked peppercorn add complexity. Soft and round in the mouth with minimal tannins and well integrated acidity. Rather sleek in it’s softness. A lovely sappy note in the mouth, with clean, pure red berry fruit in a very easy style that finishes with long, sweet and subtly spicy red berry notes. Elegant and understated with gentle flavors that are edged with fresh earthy, beet root and herbal notes. 90pts


Member Reviews for Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Pierre Léon

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Snooth User: jschuch
148208438
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/23/2014

3/22/2014 at Corduroy


Snooth User: ckwok810
92220060
4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/26/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: evermander
77330913
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/16/2011

Delicious. More complex and full bodied than your average Oregon Pinot Noir. Paired nicely with braised brisket, parsnip puree and roasted red onion. Enjoyed Feb 2011.


Snooth User: Michael759
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/11/2010

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: chad1616
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 02/12/2009

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Chefplude
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5.00 5
Vintage: 2003 07/27/2008

HUGE wine. I love this. Decant & let it air for pity's sake.


External Reviews for Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Pierre Léon

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Vintage: 2010 03/17/2013

Complex aromas of blackberry and red plum follow lively notes of black pepper, clove and forest floor. Red cherries and currants dominate the fruit components in the mouth while flavors of pepper and tobacco also emerge in harmony with the aromas. The te


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/23/2012

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


External Review
Vintage: 2009 03/19/2013

Fresh and vivid, with tightly focused plum and guava flavors that play against lively acidity and polished tannins. Finishes with zip. Drink now through 2017. -HS Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2009 Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Leon 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/03/2013

Representing a blend of material judged top-quality from all across their Yamhill estate - and tending to favor some of the early Dijon clones - WillaKenzie's 2009 Pinot Noir Pierre Leon is dominated by dark cherry and purple plum piquantly tinged wi... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2009 Willakenzie Estate Pinot Noir Pierre Leon 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/14/2013

Fresh and vivid with tightly focused plum and guava flavors that play against lively acidity and polished tannins. Finishes with zip. Drink now through 2017. -HS Wine Spectator.


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Vintage: 2008 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
Vintage: 2008 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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