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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
WillaKenzie Estate Pierre Leon Pinot Noir 2009
WillaKenzie Estate Pierre Leon Pinot Noir 2009
(search item no. 113820)
screw cap wine
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Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Burghound.com rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep cranberry red in color, with sweet black fruit and carnation on the nose. The palate showcases red plum, red currant and red cherry, as well as unmistakable earth, nutmeg, star anise, and kirsch notes. It is a seductively plump style of Pinot Noir, with structure that builds in the mouth, yet eases gently into a smooth wood spice finish. This wine delightfully surprises with ripe fruit, which is typical of the vintage, and well-balanced acidity. Its elegant profile and balance lead us to believe this wine will age well for 7 to 10 years. Pair with Chateaubriand, or pork tenderloin with plum sauce.
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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.