WillaKenzie Aliette Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

WillaKenzie Aliette Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

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This ruby colored Pinot Noir offers bright aromatics of cherry, strawberry and raspberry. These flavors continue on the palate with a sweet approach and a bit of toastiness. Refreshing with great acidity and well integrated tannins that linger through a long finish. We suggest opening an hour before drinking or decanting. Food Pairing: Pairs nicely with grilled salmon, or roasted chicken with raisins.
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Region United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Brand WillaKenzie
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateFrom 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.

David Schildknecht, October 30, 2013
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorSleek, 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.

Harvey Steiman, November 30, 2013