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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
WillaKenzie Estate Aliette Pinot Noir 2000
WillaKenzie Estate Aliette Pinot Noir 2000
(search item no. 54121)
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $35.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of wild mushroom, earth and forest floor that are typical of the Aliette Pinot are very much present in this vintage's bottling. This wine showcases the feminine and delicate characteristics of Pinot Noir, with complexity and concentration balanced by the elegant component of ripe, red fruit. It also displays subtle, leathery tones with nuances of new oak and ripe cherry.

The mouth-feel is round and velvety with great concentration emphasizing the Willakenzie terroir. We feel the wine will continue to gain finesse with aging. The Aliette expresses the intense but ripe tannins of the vintage with subtlety and elegance, and it will continue to improve with further cellaring. Drink now or in 2-5 years.

"From the estate's oldest vines (1992 Pommard clone), the similarly-colored 2000 Pinot Noir Aliette reveals sweet black cherry aromas. It exhibits loads of intensity in its deep, concentrated, medium-bodied character. Blackberries, black currants, and dark cherries can be found in its highly structured core. Projected maturity: 2005-2010."
-The Wine Advocate

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About WillaKenzie Estate:

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.