Aromas evolve from wood spice, cedar, coffee and vanilla into Christmas spices, Douglas fir, cassis and a touch of citrus. Flavors of rich black fruits, rose petals and pepper are complimented by structured tannins and well-integrated acidity.
Wine Spectator 90 points - Polished, refreshing and juicy, offering red berry and black cherry flavors, with a delicate touch of pepper that dots the i’s as the finish lingers easily. The tannins have a light grip. Best from 2013 through 2017. 500 cases made. –HS
(Oct 15 2012)
Wine Advocate 90 points - As its name indicates, from lower (and more clay-rich) sections of WillaKenzie’s Yamhill property, planted with two Dijon clones, their 2009 Pinot Noir Terres Basses displays peat-like smokiness and black pepper pungency allied to dark berry confiture, and with an overlay of toast, macaroon and vanilla that I could personally do without (though the barrels are only half new, as with several sibling cuvees). This finishes with broad (borderline bulky), caressing, sweetly fruited satisfaction, persistently smoky and peppery, if without much primary juiciness or salivary enticement. (Aug 2012)
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. The soil, cool climate and topography are ideal for growing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Gamay Noir and Pinot Meunier. The vineyards at Willakenzie Estate are certified L.I.V.E (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) and Salmon-Safe and are farmed sustainably using mostly organic products such as compost and kelp. Winemaker Thibaud Mandet combines the best of new and old world techniques.
|The vineyard was planted in 1997 to Dijon clones 113 and 115. Cold soaked prior to fermentation in opentop fermentors for a total of 27 days with skin contact and daily punch downs. The wine aged for 15 months in French oak (50% new).
|WillaKenzie Estate is located in Oregon's Willamette Valley on rolling hillsides in the Chehalem Mountains. The winery was named after the Willakenzie soil on which the vineyards are planted to convey the influence that the soil imparts on the wine's flavors and aromas. The vineyards are planted with grapes of the Pinot family, mostly new Dijon clones of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Alsace. Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are cool climate grapes, which are particularly well adapted to Oregon. The Willamette Valley is situated around the 45th parallel, which is the same latitude as Burgundy, sharing many similar climatic conditions with that region.