Our 2009 Estate Cuvée is very approachable for being so young. The nose is generous with blackberries, dried cranberries, rhubarb and sandalwood. The palate is juicy and ripe with red currants, raspberries, sweet caramel and thyme. This wine can easily age for five to eight years and, if enjoyed within the next year, decanting along with a service temperature of 60 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit is suggested. This wine is very versatile when it comes to food pairing: grilled fish, poultry, pork, roasted vegetables, stuffed mushrooms, but try steak frites!
Light and fragrant, with caramel, root beer and white pepper hints around a modest core of dark berry flavors, lingering against mild tannins. Drink now through 2016. 4,400 cases made.
WillaKenzie Estate is located in Oregon's Willamette Valley on rolling hillsides in the Chehalem Mountains. The winery was named after the Willakenzie soil on which the vineyards are planted to convey the influence that the soil imparts on the wine's flavors and aromas. The vineyards are planted with grapes of the Pinot family, mostly new Dijon clones of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris from Alsace. Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are cool climate grapes, which are particularly well adapted to Oregon.