A bouquet of bright red fruit leaps from the glass with subtle floral tones of rose and honeysuckle adding complexity. Raspberry, cranberry and juicy red cherry flavors are followed by some pleasing minerality, earthiness and caramel. The palate impression is lifted and refreshing with clean acidity and well-integrated tannins balancing the ripe fruit. 2006 Aliette will certainly improve from 1 or 2 year of cellaring and age well for at least 8 to 10 years from its release date. This elegant pinot noir will complement a wide range of dishes including grilled salmon, roast chicken with a raspberry glaze, and grilled vegetables. We recommend that you open
the wine an hour before serving.
"Focused and broad, with generous cherry, tobacco and peppery toast flavors mingling well on the long, deftly balanced finish. Drink now through 2016. 793 cases made."
"Like the Terres Basses, WillaKenzie's Aliette differed markedly from its typical profile in 2006. While generally one of the estate's more delicate wines, in 2006 it has a richness more reminiscent of the Russian River than the Willamette Valley. It leads with scents of wild raspberries, hints of cumin and ginger. The generous black cherry fruit is gripped by chewy, succulent tannins. For roast chicken."
Wine & Spirits
"Dark ruby-colored, it exhibits a bouquet of toast, spice box, and dark fruits. On the palate it is ripe, friendly and flavorful with enough structure for balance. It is likely to evolve for 1-2 years, and will provide pleasure through 2018."
The Wine Advocate