WillaKenzie Estate Aliette Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
A bouquet of bright red fruit leaps from the glass with subtle floral tones of rose and honeysuckle adding complexity. Raspberry, cranberry and juicy red cherry flavors are followed by some pleasing minerality, earthiness and caramel. The palate impression is lifted and refreshing with clean acidity and well-integrated tannins balancing the ripe fruit. 2006 Aliette will certainly improve from 1 or 2 year of cellaring and age well for at least 8 to 10 years from its release date. This elegant pinot noir will complement a wide range of dishes including grilled salmon, roast chicken with a raspberry glaze, and grilled vegetables. We recommend that you open the wine an hour before serving.
Wine Spectator - "Focused and broad, with generous cherry, tobacco and peppery toast flavors mingling well on the long, deftly balanced finish. Drink now through 2016. 793 cases made."
Wine & Spirits - "Like the Terres Basses, WillaKenzie's Aliette differed markedly from its typical profile in 2006. While generally one of the estate's more delicate wines, in 2006 it has a richness more reminiscent of the Russian River than the Willamette Valley. It leads with scents of wild raspberries, hints of cumin and ginger. The generous black cherry fruit is gripped by chewy, succulent tannins. For roast chicken."
The Wine Advocate - "Dark ruby-colored, it exhibits a bouquet of toast, spice box, and dark fruits. On the palate it is ripe, friendly and flavorful with enough structure for balance. It is likely to evolve for 1-2 years, and will provide pleasure through 2018."
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WillaKenzie Estate Winery
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. View all WillaKenzie Estate Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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1 rating, 1 with reviewMrs. Spoiled - Beeville, TX52/17/2010I love this wine!! It has a rich flavor of berries and earth. The smell instantly tells your taste buds to prepare for the inital burst of yummy tartie-sweetiness. One taste and your hooked. You will be won over with the lasting warmeth of this brillant red wine. We used it to make the Beef Andy Warhol recipe for Valentine's Day. It was spectacular and a perfect pairing for a flawless wine. Enjoy!
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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