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Professional Ratings: 91 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: Pinot Blanc
Other Info: Screw Cap Wines, Green Wines, Green Wines
Style: Light & Crisp
Alcohol By Volume: 13.8%
Item no. 102188
The 2008 Pinot Blanc displays gemlike clarity and a pale green hue that makes the complex and powerful aromas that leap from the glass all the more surprising. The initial impression of stone fruits is followed by hints of lime, lemongrass and clover honey. The flavors follow the aromas with highlights of lively grapefruit, gooseberry and a pleasing minerality combining to create a clean and refreshing palate impression. Crisp acidity balances the fruit while the finish offers silky texture and unexpected length. Enjoy this wine by itself as an apéritif, or pair it with shellfish, sushi, sashimi, Thai Food and pasta primavera. It is ready to drink now, but will certainly benefit from two or three years in the cellar. Serve well chilled.
In WillaKenzie's gravity-flow winery, the 2008 Pinot Blanc was made in a rich and complex Alsatian style. The winery pressed whole clusters, and after cold settling of the juice, inoculated with a special selection of yeasts, chosen to enhance the fruit's aromatics. the juice was fermented in stainless-steel tanks slowly and at low temperatures to retain the freshness and subtlety of the fruit.
This is a truly lovely, elegant Pinot Blanc, from a winery that has a fine handle on the grape. Scents of lemongrass and grapefruit run headlong into delicate, evocative fruit flavors of melon, gooseberry, lime and stone fruits. Though quite dry and tart, it has so much complexity that it never turns sour.