WillaKenzie Pierre Leon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
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|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
Vibrant, open-textured and distinctive, with savory, earthy undertones around a core of cherry and raspberry fruit, hinting at chocolate as the finish lingers. Best from 2014 through 2018. 950 cases made.
While I still consider the widespread association in the Willamette of Jory soils with red fruits and WillaKenzie soils with darker berries (as opposed to considering ripeness, clone, and other factors more relevant to determining position on a red-black axis), the WillaKenzie 2010 Pinot Noir Pierre Leon and its Jory Hills Vineyard counterpart could easily be used to buttress received opinion. Blackberry and cassis dominate here, and the brown spices, resin and caramel from barrel are better integrated than was the case in that Jory bottling. Bright, juicy primary fruit; a seed-crunching tang yet against a polished background; and a savory, mouthwatering undertone of meat stock and roasted red meats come together for a complete, seamless, and sustained performance. This ought to perform admirably through at least 2018.