WillaKenzie Kiana Pinot Noir 2010
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
A lovely nose of fresh plum and cherry accented by black tea and meat stock greets me from the glass of WillaKenzie 2010 Pinot Noir Kiana, but while the fruit displays tart juiciness mid-palate manages largely to accommodate the tannic effects - as well as flavors of resin and caramel - from roughly one-third new barrels, there is a faintly drying note from oak tannin to the finish. Happily, the carnal savor here extends to a mouthwateringly bacon-like smokiness and salinity that helps lift the finish over the slight road bump of barrel. Given how delightfully multi-faceted the nose is here and the overall level of energy conveyed, I have high hopes that this will become better knitted in another couple of years, and I would expect it to be worth following through at least 2017.
Light-footed and light in color, with pretty berry and orange peel flavors that linger on the firm-textured finish. Best from 2014 through 2017. 300 cases made.