WillaKenzie Aliette Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
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.
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.