The 2010 Pinot Noir Aliette is ruby/garnet in color with an exceptional bouquet of dried violets, lavender, strawberry and hints of cedar. Balanced, supple and very expressive on the palate, it manages to be light and graceful yet powerful at the same time. Red currant, black cherry, raspberry, tea leaves and earth give this medium-bodied wine layers of complexity that linger on the palate for well over a minute. This well-rounded wine will age gracefully for 8 to 10 years, and should be cellared for 1 to 2 years from release. If opening sooner, decant at least one hour before serving. We recommend pairing this feminine wine with a Pacific Northwest grilled salmon in a creamy dill sauce or a classic herb-crusted roast chicken.
"Tarry and a touch foresty, this wine has a generous red cherry note filigreed with a whiff of smoke. It delivers its flavors with poise and grace, black cherry lingering with a tension derived from vinous, tree bark elements and a hint of tar."
Wine & Spirits
"Sleek, transparent and silky in texture, offering black cherry, espresso and subtle smoke notes on a delicate frame, lingering easily and expressively. Drink now through 2018. 350 cases made."
"From the estate's oldest, high elevation, "Pommard clone" vines, the WillaKenzie's 2010 Pinot Noir Aliette delivers and umami-rich amalgam of roasted red meats and shitake mushrooms allied to fresh, tart-edged cherry and plum. Here the spice from barrel is well-integrated into a fine-grained and dense yet far from heavy palate. Black tea, moss, and forest floor notes emerge with a bit of airing, lending a sense of surprising but positive evolution, while salinity serves for welcome saliva-inducement in a downright gripping finish. This impressive bottling should develop even more depth with a few years in bottle and reward return visit through at least 2020, and hopefully (as well as quite possibly) beyond."
The Wine Advocate