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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris 2002
WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris 2002
(search item no. 61531)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Pinot Gris remains consistent in style: complex, delightful, and eminently suitable for cellaring. Recent tastings of the 96 and 97 confirm the aging potential. Our vinification practices involve long, slow fermentation on aromatic yeast in which apple, pear, and pineapple fruit generally predominate.

This Pinot Gris' aroma's literally explode from the glass with nuances of grapefruit, lime, pear and apricot. On the palate, the feel is rich with flavors of ripe pear, apple and citrus, without losing the excellent balance between sweetness and racy acidity. The finish is long, crisp and refreshing. The wine shows great intensity and vibrancy now, and will cellar well over the next 3 to 5 years. This vintage of Pinot Gris is an excellent match for grilled fresh salmon, shellfish in cream sauce, curries and Asian foods.

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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.