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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris 2011
WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Gris 2011
(search item no. 117829)
screw cap wine
green wine
has fluid
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The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2008 Wine & Spirits 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
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 89 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:

Creamy pale-gold in color, with estery aromas of fresh pear blossom and juicy green apple. Tropical notes from the nose become bright Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit, cranberry, and orange peel on the palate. The entry is rich and clean building to a slightly tangy, lingering finish. Due to its lovely balance and acid, this Pinot Gris will age well for 3 to 5 years from release. Serve slightly chilled.

We recommend this wine by itself as an aperitif or paired with a summer dish such as Thai smoked salmon, or grilled asparagus served with a sauce maltaise (a hollandaise made with blanched orange zest and blood orange).

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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.