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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
WillaKenzie Estate Kiana Pinot Noir 2007
WillaKenzie Estate Kiana Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 106746)
green wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $25.98

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The bouquet begins with a hint of violets and darker fruits, including boysenberry, sugarplum and blueberry, which evolve into subtle yet pleasant notes of toast and earthy dust. There's a beautiful balance to this wine with bright acidity, upfront sweetness, and soft, round tannins that add viscosity and creaminess to the rich mouthfeel. Flavors of red fruit begin with dark cherries and cranberries, then give way to darker fruits of blueberry and blackberry, followed by a fusion of toast, dark chocolate and coffee. The tannins are pronounced, and well integrated, leading into the dusty yet elegant finish, which lingers with a lovely trace of anise. This wine will improve in the cellar for 1 to 2 years and age well for 7 to 10 years from its release date. Enjoy with braised pork belly with prunes, chestnut soup blended with foie gras, or simply sip it as an aperitif.
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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.