WillaKenzie Terres Basses Pinot Noir 2010
Wine AdvocateCinnamon-tinged dark cherry as well as some superficial caramel and smoky toast from barrel rise from the glass of WillaKenzie 2010 Pinot Noir Terres Basses, whose palate performance ends up being much tarter than its nose had led me to anticipate, suggesting a mingling of rhubarb with the ripe, spiced cherry. "The higher clay content in this earlier ripening, lower vineyard area," suggests Mandet, "really impacts the flavor and structure of the wine," so that there is greater acid retention, and at the same time, "we really have to be careful vinifying this fruit and hold back on extraction, because it naturally has small berries and a lot of structure." Mandet is convinced that - in keeping with his experience of this bottling vintage after vintage - "this is a wonderful keeper." I'll be conservative and suggest: through 2018 anyway.