WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris 2012
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Shining honey and golden straw in color, this Pinot Gris houses tropical aromas with ripe melon, kiwi, white pear and white flower. The taste is crisp and refreshing with a sweet entry and a lush and velvety mouthfeel. Flavors of citurs and apricot accompany an acidic build-up and balance toward the warm and inviting finish. This wine will age for 3 to 5 years and is just as delicious and drinkable now.
We recommend pairing with spicy Thai food, smoked salmon, or Indian curry. More great options to pair with this wine are sushi, crab-avocado-mango salad, quiche and endives with blue cheese.
Wine Spectator - "Smooth and silky, blanketing the palate with almond-scented pear and nectarine fruit, lingering well. Drink now. "
The Wine Advocate - "WillaKenzie’s direct pressed and tank-raised 2012 Pinot Gris delivers a luscious amalgam or ripe peach and grapefruit tinged with sage and mint. There isn’t even a hint of heat, heaviness or harshness from this its 14.3% alcohol on the seamless and polished palate or in the energetic and invigoratingly zesty, spiced finish of this outstanding value, and I could imagine it remaining entirely convincing through 2015. Mandet points out that if you want to achieve this sort of balance, it’s important to leave enough bunches hanging on each vine and not remove their wings assiduously as you would those of Pinot Noir. Indeed, imagine simply for starters the alcohol you’d have if there had been significantly less crop! "
Wine Enthusiast - "Lime and pink grapefruit flavors are etched with refreshing minerality, and the leesy, textural mouthfeel keeps this wine feeling light, despite alcohol over 14%. Drink now and over the next five years. "
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WillaKenzie Estate Winery
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. View all WillaKenzie Estate Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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