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WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Blanc 2012

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750ML / 14.2% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2012 Pinot Blanc is a pale yellow hue with a surprise glint of gold. Honeydew melon, Bosc pear, citrus and green apple aromas are found on the nose. The palate offers Meyer lemon, apricot, almonds, white flowers and apples. This riper vintage is showing perfect bright and crisp acidity, a creamy and thick texture, and a long lovely finish.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The WillaKenzie 2012 Pinot Blanc – from two Alsace clones – is dominated by sweet corn and apple, garlanded in lily-of-the-valley and tinged with piquant corn shoots; saliva-liberating salt; and smoky black tea. Creamy yet vivacious and infectiously juicy – revealing a charming alliance characteristic for the best wines from this grape – this succulent bottling finishes with invigorating Saar-like hints of lime peel, apple pip, cherry pit, and wet stone. An outstanding value, it should prove versatile and still-succulent through at least 2015. I was shocked to discover that it weighs in at just over 14% alcohol, because it doesn't in any way betray that, not even in terms of bulk or body.
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Beats many of the examples from Alsace, the 2012 WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Blanc is very easy to like. Shows understated aromas and flavors of ripe core fruits; textured on the palate; dry, yet not overly acidic; a bright finish that is smooth in the aftertaste. (Tasted: March 10, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
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WillaKenzie Estate, Oregon
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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.

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Yamhill-Carlton, characterized by pastoral, rolling hills composed of shallow, quick-draining, ancient marine soil, is ideal for Pinot noir and other cool-climate-loving varieties. It is in the rain shadow of the Coast Range to its west, whose highest point climbs to an altitude of 3,500 feet. Yamhill-Carlton is actually surrounded by mountains on three sides: Chehalem Mountains to the north, the Dundee Hills to the east and the western Coast Range to its west, which, when it lets Pacific air through, serves to cool the region.

Vineyards grow on the ridges surrounding the two small communities of Yamhill and Carlton and cover about 1,200 acres of this 60,000 acre region, which roughly makes a horse-shoe shape on a map.

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Approachable, aromatic and pleasantly plush on the palate, Pinot blanc is a white grape variety born out of a mutation of pink-skinned Pinot gris (which was born out of a mutation of Pinot noir) and is perhaps most associated with the Alsace region of France. The variety is also is quite successful in Germany and Austria, where it is known as Weissburgunder. Although its heritage is Burgundian, today it is rarely found there and instead thrives throughout central Europe, especially in the mountainous Alto Adige region of Italy, where it is called Pinot bianco. Fine examples can also be found in Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Oregon’s Willamette Valley boasts some wonderful examples of Pinot blanc, as do some cooler pockets of California.

In the Glass

Pinot Blanc is typically a full-bodied wine and expresses pleasing aromas of crisp pear, peach, lemon zest, crushed gravel and white flowers. The finest examples can possess a stony minerality and with age can develop intriguing notes of honey, vanilla and almond.

Perfect Pairings

Delicate Pinot Blanc works well with lighter fare such as salads, seafood, chicken or turkey, but is truly at its best with Alsatian pairings like choucrout garnie, onion tarts or the region’s soft cheeses like Munster.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Blanc’s delicate aromatics, full body, and moderate acidity make it a great alternative to the world’s most popular white wine. Anyone experiencing Chardonnay fatigue and looking to try something new would benefit from giving Pinot blanc a try.

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