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Willakenzie Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc Oregon 2011

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The Pinot Blanc displays a remarkably clear and bright color. Aromas of melon, pear and peach are complemented by hints of mango and honeysuckle. Stone fruit flavors make the first impression in the mouth, followed by green apple and mild citrus. Subtle minerality and crisp acidity balance the fruit to create a vibrant, complex wine that will be a pleasing summer aperitif and an excellent companion to shellfish and seafood dishes, pasta in a cream sauce, or cheese fondue. Serve well chilled.

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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 Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc Oregon

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,315
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 08/29/2012

Tight pear and apple fruit greet the nose, followed by a dusty floral note and a suggestion of green herb. On the palate, this is broad and fresh with slightly citric acidity lending freshness and brightening the fruit, which picks up lemon pith, golden raspberry and tart apple flavors across the palate. The finish is fairly rich and fruity with more suggestions of herb and a green plum skin note on the moderately long finale. This finishes rather firmly and is very attractive for its combination of fruit and tension. 90pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,315
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 11/19/2012

Very aromatic if a bit on the stemmy side with light Rainier cherry aromas and a hint of Vosne-like spice. This dances across the palate. Lightweight and wonderfully balanced, it delivers sweet cherry fruit that's framed with hints of herbs and a gentle green spice note. The finish shows more cherry fruit, perhaps with a suggestion of vanilla. The acidity here refreshes the palate and the tannins float by like ghosts, making this joyously fun to drink. It's not terribly complex but it is pretty. And that texture, oh that texture! 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065221,315
4.50 5
Vintage: 2009 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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Snooth User: sirchadwickxv
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 04/13/2011

Four glasses


Snooth User: jeannwa
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/01/2010

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Vintage: 2004 11/22/2009

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External Reviews for Willakenzie Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Blanc Oregon

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 01/10/2013

Scents of earth give way to a lean set of palate flavors, the texture surprisingly nimble and bright. This wineandrsquo;s tannins are forceful at the moment, needing a bit of time in the cellar to integrate with the fruit.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 04/18/2013

Scents of earth give way to a lean set of palate flavors, the texture surprisingly nimble and bright. This wine’s tannins are forceful at the moment, needing a bit of time in the cellar to integrate with the fruit.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 04/18/2013

Light and airy, with a tang to the balance and the flavor profile, offering lime flower accents to the berry flavors, lingering refreshingly. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 04/18/2013

Reflecting younger vines and a variety of parcels and clones, and aged 10 months in 20% new barrels, the WillaKenzie 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Cuvee displays tart-edged but ripe dark cherry and blackberry fruit tinged with piquancy of pits and the bitter side of the vanilla bean. Clear and juicy; texturally spare; this gains significantly from a suggestion of beef stock and marrow that wells up in its otherwise brightly refreshing finish, marked by an invigorating suggestion of berry seed crunching. I would greatly enjoy playing around with it at table over the next 3–5 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2010 01/10/2013

Reflecting younger vines and a variety of parcels and clones, and aged 10 months in 20% new barrels, the WillaKenzie 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Cuvee displays tart-edged but ripe dark cherry and blackberry fruit tinged with piquancy of pits and the bitter side of the vanilla bean. Clear and juicy; texturally spare; this gains significantly from a suggestion of beef stock and marrow that wells up in its otherwise brightly refreshing finish, marked by an invigorating suggestion of berry seed crunching. I would greatly enjoy playing around with it at table over the next 3andndash;5 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 12/09/2010

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.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/12/2011

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


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The Pinot Blanc displays a remarkably clear and bright color. Aromas of melon, pear and peach are complemented by hints of mango and honeysuckle. Stone fruit flavors make the first impression in the mouth, followed by green apple and mild citrus. Subtle minerality and crisp acidity balance the fruit to create a vibrant, complex wine that will be a pleasing summer aperitif and an excellent companion to shellfish and seafood dishes, pasta in a cream sauce, or cheese fondue. Serve well chilled.

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