WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Blanc 2008

Pinot Blanc from Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Item No. 102188
  • WE91
Style: Light & Crisp

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.8%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

The 2008 Pinot Blanc displays gemlike clarity and a pale green hue that makes the complex and powerful aromas that leap from the glass all the more surprising. The initial impression of stone fruits is followed by hints of lime, lemongrass and clover honey. The flavors follow the aromas with highlights of lively grapefruit, gooseberry and a pleasing minerality combining to create a clean and refreshing palate impression. Crisp acidity balances the fruit while the finish offers silky texture and unexpected length. Enjoy this wine by itself as an apéritif, or pair it with shellfish, sushi, sashimi, Thai Food and pasta primavera. It is ready to drink now, but will certainly benefit from two or three years in the cellar. Serve well chilled.

In WillaKenzie's gravity-flow winery, the 2008 Pinot Blanc was made in a rich and complex Alsatian style. The winery pressed whole clusters, and after cold settling of the juice, inoculated with a special selection of yeasts, chosen to enhance the fruit's aromatics. the juice was fermented in stainless-steel tanks slowly and at low temperatures to retain the freshness and subtlety of the fruit.

Critical Acclaim

"This is a truly lovely, elegant Pinot Blanc, from a winery that has a fine handle on the grape. Scents of lemongrass and grapefruit run headlong into delicate, evocative fruit flavors of melon, gooseberry, lime and stone fruits. Though quite dry and tart, it has so much complexity that it never turns sour."
91 Points

Learn About WillaKenzie Estate Map ItMap It

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.

Learn About Willamette Valley

(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...

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Learn About Pinot Blanc

Pinot Blanc(pee-no blahnk) Pretty and Simple A mutation of the Pinot family, Pinot Blanc was once commonly mistaken for Chardonnay - it looks quite similar on the vine. But true Pinot Blanc lacks most Chardonnay characteristics. The grape is most at home in Alsace, where it is used both in blends as well as a sole varietal. It's also found in Italy...

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