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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.
WW 90
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. As winemaker for WillaKenzie Estate, the acclaimed producer of single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, Erik Kramer leads all winemaking and cellar

operations. He has been working in Oregon’s Willamette Valley since 2004, where he has built a reputation for world-class wines of finesse and balance. A scientist by training, Erik worked as a hydrogeologist in the petrochemical industry before combining his passion for science and appreciation for fine wine into a career. He spent a few seasons in Washington as a harvest cellar worker before

pursuing a postgraduate diploma in viticulture & oenology at Lincoln University in New Zealand, where he graduated with honors. Kramer went on to craft wine in New Zealand before to moving to the Willamette Valley. Prior to joining WillaKenzie Estate, Erik crafted highly-regarded wines for Domaine Serene and Adelsheim Vineyard. He also holds a degree in geology from Florida State University, which he draws on today when considering the relationship between terroir and wine quality. When not at the winery, Erik enjoys spending time with his family at his wine country home in McMinnville

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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 most associated with the Alsace region of France. Although its heritage is Burgundian, today it is rarely found there and instead thrives throughout central Europe, namely Germany and Austria, where it is known as Weissburgunder and Alto Adige where it is called Pinot Bianco. Interestingly, Pinot Blanc was born out of a mutation of the pink-skinned Pinot Gris. Somm Secret—Chardonnay fans looking to try something new would benefit from giving Pinot Blanc a try.

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