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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
WillaKenzie Estate Aliette Pinot Noir 2001
WillaKenzie Estate Aliette Pinot Noir 2001
(search item no. 88521)
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $27.99

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
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 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:

Complex in fruit and earth notes, the 2001 Aliette showcases the Willakenzie terroir and floral attributes of Pinot Noir. The nose is clear and lifted, and offers hints of citrus, herbs and vanilla, with a layer of red fruit. In the mouth, juicy pomegranate and red currants usher in nuances of light oak and toast. Tannins are finely weighed with acidity, providing a long and balanced finish. 2001 Aliette pairs nicely with dishes calling for a big, complex wine, such as rack of lamb, barbequed steak, and stuffed eggplant. Easy to drink now, this vintage's elegant character will develop even more in 2-3 years and can be cellared for at least 5 years.
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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.