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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
WillaKenzie Estate Aliette Pinot Noir 2004
WillaKenzie Estate Aliette Pinot Noir 2004
(search item no. 90595)
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $39.99

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
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 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:

The Aliette vineyard is maturing beautifully, consistently producing some of our most subtle and elegant wines. This is immediately evident in the complex aromatics where lifted red and black fruits are followed by fragrant floral notes of rose and violet. In the mouth the wine is full and generous with round dark fruits, blackberries, cherries and plum, whose concentration is balanced by supple, fine grained tannins. Hints of toast and caramel accompany the lingering finish. With its intriguing combination of power and finesse, Aliette will be a great companion for such dishes as rack of lamb, barbequed steak and stuffed eggplant. A wine of this scale will only improve with age and can be cellared for 5-10 years. Decanting an hour or two before serving is also advised, especially if you can't wait to sample it now.
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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.