WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris (375ML half-bottle) 2008
Pinot Gris/Grigio from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
Aromas of fresh pear, peach and apricot are followed by undertones of melon, green apple, lemon zest and orange blossom. The peach and pear notes carry through to the flavor profile complemented by tropical fruit tones of pineapple, papaya and kiwi. Rich and smooth in the mouth with a mouthwatering finish, the wine will be an excellent companion for a wide variety
of foods including smoked salmon, grilled halibut or Ahi tuna with mango salsa, chicken and pork, blue cheeses, Asian fare, fish tacos or a vegetable curry. Enjoy now or cellar for 2 to 3 years. Serve moderately chilled.
"Leesy and bright, this forward gris leads with aromas of ripe apple and peach, accented by a bit of nutmeg spice. It's flavors are bright and broad at once; the texture is mouthfilling and rich, yet the wine retains a fresh, focused line from lively acidity. "
Wine & Spirits
"Lovely pale gold hue. Finely tuned scents of pear, apple and crisp green grape. Crisp and fruity with delicate flavors of pear and a hint of peach framed by ample acidity. Long, satisfying finish."
The Wine News
"The 2008 Pinot Gris Estate Grown is a bit more concentrated. It features aromas and flavors of tangerine zest, apricot, and white peach leading to a dry, crisp, flavorful effort that should also drink well for another 2 years."
"WillaKenzie's Pinot Gris is fleshier and rounder than the elegant, delicious Pinot Blanc, and makes a fine companion wine. The soft entry tastes of Asian pear, yellow apple and a bit of green pineapple. It firms up as it rolls across the palate, with excellent concentration and focus. "
Learn About WillaKenzie Estate Map It
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.
Learn About Willamette Valley
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...
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Learn About Pinot Gris/Grigio
Pinot Gris/Grigio(PEE-noh gree/GREE-jee-oh) While Pinot Grigio is in fact the same grape as Pinot Gris (just the Italian take on it), the differences of wine they create can be immense. Pinot Gris' most popular and successful region is Alsace, France, an area of the country that actually puts the name of the grape on the label. Pinot Grigio is the Italian version of the grape,...
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