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Date Printed: 10/2/2014
WillaKenzie Estate Aliette Pinot Noir 2010
WillaKenzie Estate Aliette Pinot Noir 2010
(search item no. 126552)
boutique wine
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $53.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
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 2010 Pinot Noir Aliette is ruby/garnet in color with an exceptional bouquet of dried violets, lavender, strawberry and hints of cedar. Balanced, supple and very expressive on the palate, it manages to be light and graceful yet powerful at the same time. Red currant, black cherry, raspberry, tea leaves and earth give this medium-bodied wine layers of complexity that linger on the palate for well over a minute. This well-rounded wine will age gracefully for 8 to 10 years, and should be cellared for 1 to 2 years from release. If opening sooner, decant at least one hour before serving. We recommend pairing this feminine wine with a Pacific Northwest grilled salmon in a creamy dill sauce or a classic herb-crusted roast chicken.
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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.