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Date Printed: 9/15/2014
WillaKenzie Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2006
WillaKenzie Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 94197)
screw cap wine
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The Wine News rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine displays an appealing garnet color and exceptional clarity. The aromas give an initial impression of fresh, bright red fruit, enhanced by subtle herbal tones. The flavors follow the aromas with lively cherry, plum and cranberry plus a hint of earthiness. The mid-palate offers generous, ripe fruit, framed by good acidity and refined, well-integrated tannins.

The overall impression in the mouth is elegant, balanced and very pleasing. The finish is long with licorice, spice and a touch of white pepper.

This is a wonderfully approachable wine that can be enjoyed by itself as an aperitif, or with fare such as roasted poultry, milder cheeses, pâté and mushrooms, grilled salmon and other lighter fish.

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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.